Thursday, March 08, 2007

A State of Mind

Truck Graphics, Baton Rouge LA 3/2007 from the series Baton Rouge Blues
all reproduction rights reserved Wm. Greiner

Since Katrina, I have thought often how the stress of the experience has affected others. I know it affected me and I wonder , for those who have stayed in New Orleans , how they are coping with the ongoing stress.

In the Wall Street Journal today, in a section titled Journal Exchange, the paper quotes Gambit Weekly, in “Psychiatrists Displaced by Katrina Leave Void”. Before Katrina, the city had 196 psychiatrists working in the New Orleans area. After Katrina that number is down to 22!

It is quite sad to think that at a time when we need mental health professionals the most, few are to be found!


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