Impact of Hurricanes on Mental Health

  • Olaniyi OlayinkaEmail author
  • Muge Akpinar-Elci


Hurricanes are among the leading natural disasters in the USA and are associated with significant psychological distress and mental disorders. Hence, understanding the mechanism underlying the development of mental health problems during a hurricane is critical. This chapter highlights the main factors that increase the risk for hurricane-related mental health problems. Common mental disorders and popular screening instruments that are available for rapid mental health assessment of a population affected by a hurricane are described. The chapter also emphasizes the importance of disaster mental health management and surveillance during the entire disaster management cycle.


Mental health Disasters Posttraumatic stress disorder Depression Psychological stress Disaster surveillance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesInterfaith Medical CenterBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.School of Community & Environmental Health, College of Health SciencesOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA

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