Psychological Impact of Disasters

Discussion and Lessons from India

Gay Hui Ting Evelyn

School of Business, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore



The experience of going through natural disasters can bring about psychological disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (Mason, Andrews, and Upton 2010). This results from a number of factors, such as loss of loved ones, property damage, and relocation (Neria, Nandi, and Galea 2008), loss of livelihood, lack of water, sanitation, and basic comforts following a disaster (Galea et al. 2008), physical pain, and emotional shock or terror. This chapter will discuss some of these factors resulting in psychological distress following a disaster, as well as the ...

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