Young flood victims hit by depression

THE children of families fighting for flood insurance payouts are showing disturbing signs of depression, a federal inquiry has been told.

Flood victims' health was being put at risk, with some having no choice but to continue living in damaged homes for months before insurance assessors arrived, the inquiry heard this week in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane.

The inquiry is looking at how the insurance industry handled claims during Queensland's summer of natural disasters.

Lockyer Valley Flood Recovery coordinator Derek Pingel told the hearing antidepressant medication was being prescribed to local teenagers.

Mr Pingel said high school and university students in the region were also showing a slide in academic achievement and motivation because of their parents' financial stress.

"I've noticed children, more teenagers than other children, have been profoundly affected," Mr Pingel said.

"There have been

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