|Diagnosing and Managing the Mental Health
Needs of Adults Exposed to Disaster
- Educate patients about physical and emotional symptoms of normal stress reactions.
- Ask patients about their exposure and reactions to disaster.
- Identify patients who may have posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, or a substance use disorder and use standard screening tools for further evaluation.
- Encourage patients to take advantage of psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, or both.
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