The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been designated as the worst oil spill in United States history, making it one of the most significant technological disasters to affect our community in recent years. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill will have far-reaching effects for Louisiana and the Gulf Coast in terms of environment, health and economic viability for many years. A large-scale disaster like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill can impact communities and individuals in a number of ways. Tulane University is engaged in ongoing response and recovery efforts by providing assistance in the areas of the Environment, Energy and Health.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Tulane School of Medicine is committed to offering assistance and expertise in behavioral health as one component of its strategic response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. The Tulane Department of Psychiatry includes experts in behavioral health as well as national and international experts in the assessment and treatment of traumatic stress. Through community outreach efforts, healthcare delivery and ongoing research and training, the Department of Psychiatry is committed to assisting the local community recover from the ongoing impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.
If you or someone you know lives in a coastal community or is directly affected by the oil spill you may be experiencing a range of emotions. You may feel sad, helpless, overwhelmed, worried, anxious or angry. You may be having trouble sleeping, eating or be bothered by nightmares or upsetting thoughts and images that come to mind. It may be difficult for you to perform your usual activities. Young children may seem upset, distracted, or feel out of sorts. You may have strong feelings now or you may not notice any changes until some time has passed. Stress can change how you act and feel around your family and friends. These are all normal responses to stress. With the help of family, friends and community support, most people gradually feel better as time passes.
Sometimes people need some extra help to cope with and recover from a life-changing experience. People directly affected by the oil spill disaster, young children, people who have been through other traumatic experiences and people with other mental health problems are more likely to need additional help. Ask for help if you experience any of the following:
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