Holiday Depression Adds New Problems to Katrina Ravaged Areas
> 12/7/2005 8:47:40 AM

The holidays very often trigger depression or deepen the depression for those already suffering with the disease.  As this article from the San Jose Mercury-News explains, for Katrina victims, this holiday depression is the storm after the storm. 

The period between Thanksgiving and New Years can add untold stress to anyone's life, but many in the Gulf Coast area lost homes, businesses and possibly even family members.  In these types of situations, the holiday season can be filled more with grief or peril than feelings of good will toward fellow men.  The problems in places like Houston, New Orleans and Baton Rouge are compounded by the fact that many evacuees are without sufficient insurance coverage to receive the mental health services that they require.  On top of that, the mental health facilities that do exist are already stretched, and often, the information regarding the help that is available is not reaching those that need it most.  Policy makers and those charged with the well being of victims of Katrina will need to explore new and creative options to meet this challenge. 

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