Kidnapping and hostage taking have been present since the dawn of civilization, but only (relatively) recently have concerted efforts been made to understand the psychological impact of being held captive. Nowadays, a seemingly endless stream of abduction cases captivates the nation’s psyche as stories related to missing people play out in real time. All too often these tales end tragically, but once in a great while, a victim is rescued or manages to escape and comes home to his or ... Continue Reading →
The widespread destruction and distress caused by natural disasters can result in extremely negative effects on mental health, both individually and collectively. Whether the disaster is unpredictable (like an earthquake) or occurs with limited notice (like a hurricane) such events are shocking, frightening and dangerous.
People who experience these incidents are subject to adverse economic, social and psychological effects that can last many years. A recent study of a devastating flood that occurred in China in 1998 concluded that nearly sixteen ... Continue Reading →