LLOYD I. SEDERER, M.D.
is Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health, Medical Editor for Mental Health for The Huffington Post, and Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health.
Full bio can be found here.
October 29, 2014, marks the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the second most powerful Atlantic Hurricane on record and the second most economically costly hurricane in the USA, with Katrina having the dubious distinction of first.
"Superstorm Sandy," as it was called, rained vast devastation along the northeastern coast of the United States. Mental health problems (as well as the abuse of alcohol and drugs) in the wake of a disaster are well known. This is because disaster, however generated, threatens to undermine both the physical and emotional underpinnings of a community. Perhaps some of the greatest knowledge about disaster mental health was sadly gained after the attacks of 9/11 (1). In the 13 years since then, because of Katrina and other natural disasters in this country, a great deal more has been learned about what to expect and what can be done to help disaster ravaged people and communities (2). Yet too many of the lessons learned have not been adopted to the extent their scientific evidence warrants.
Real-life scenarios and authoritative information are written in a compassionate, reader-friendly way, including checklists to bring to a doctor’s appointment so you can ask the right questions. For readers who fear they will never see the light at the end of the tunnel, this book gives hope and a path forward.