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PHC 6186 USF Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Disaster Survivors Paper

PHC 6186

University of South Florida

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Running head: MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Disaster Survivors
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Table of Contents
1.0 Introduction ............................................................................................................................... 3
1.1 Problem Statement .................................................................................................................... 3
1.2 Purpose...................................................................................................................................... 3
2.0 Literature Review...................................................................................................................... 4
3.0 Analysis and Discussion ........................................................................................................... 8
4.0 Treatment and Recommendation ............................................................................................ 11
5.0 Conclusion .............................................................................................................................. 12
6.0 References ............................................................................................................................... 14

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1.0 Introduction
1.1 Problem Statement
Disasters occur annually in different places across the globe, therefore, affecting millions
of people. In 2005 and 2010, for example, disasters affected approximately 162 million and 330
million people globally, respectively. Disasters occur unexpectedly and cause large-scale
property destruction, psychological trauma, injuries and deaths. Disasters occur due to natural
forces, technological errors, and mass violence. Natural disasters are caused by geophysical and
natural forces, including volcanoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. Technological disasters occur
due to human errors or negligence, where they include nuclear reactor accidents, dam failures,
and building collapse (Goldmann, & Galea, 2014). Mass violence occurs due to people’s
intention to inflict harm on other people, for example, war, mass shootings, and terrorist attacks.
Studies show that all types of disasters expose the victims to psychological various psychological
problems, including substance abuse, suicidal ideation, depression, and post-traumatic stress
disorders (PTSD). Psychologists observe that individuals exposed to disasters should undergo
checkups for various psychological problems. They observe that individuals attempt to address
the mental health conditions caused by disasters through substance abuse, which eventually leads
to an addiction problem.
1.2 Purpose
The study focuses on determining whether a correlation exists between disasters and
mental health problems in the affected group of people. The study also explores the relationship
between substance abuse trends and exposure to disastrous events. Psychological problems
development in disaster incidences is explored with respect to various demographic factors,
including the level of education, ethnic minority status, number of secondary stressors, gender,

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age, and degree of exposure. Furthermore, the development of mental health problems and
substance abuse disorders is explained using different theories, including self-medication theory
and social cognitive theory.
2.0 Literature Review
Information and data for this study were obtained from peer-reviewed studies and media
reports regarding disasters and their consequences, including substance use disorders and mental
health problems. Chemtob et al. (2009), for example, investigated the relationship between the
people’s exposure to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 11th September 2001, and
psychiatric symptoms, substance abuse and utilization of mental health services. The researchers,
in this case, limited the scope of their study within 18 months after the 9/11 terrorist incident.
The research involved a population of 1,040 teenagers and youths living in New York City from
diverse ethnic backgrounds, including White Americans (17 percent), Hispanic Americans (19
percent), African Americans (13 percent), Asian Americans (33 percent), and others (18
percent). The exposure conditions for the sample population during the terrorism incidence
included safety concerns, death of known and unknown people, and parental impairment
(Chemtob et al. 2009). Around 10 percent of the participants in the study reported a rise in
substance use after the 9/11 incident. The affected individuals observed that they resulted in
substance abuse with the objective of dealing with psychological problems associated with the
disaster. Substance abuse, in this case, impaired social relati...

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