I've already seen it." Greve expects three main problems to emerge among New Orleanians: anxiety disorders, depression and substance abuse.
"People can't concentrate; they're jumpy, irritable, they're very tense. These vary from people who became depressed after what happened [to] patients who had previous episodes of depression but now they're much worse -- suicidal," Greve says.
He's worried that mental-health resources in metro New Orleans are too limited now to serve such a needy population."What happens, particularly with men, is that they can go to work and make themselves do the work, but when they leave they can't function," Greve says."Suicidal thoughts intrude, and they're tired of being depressed." About half of Greve's patients are doctors and other health-care workers. Very antsy when I'm a passenger, rather than the driver, in a car." Locals report wild fluctuations between optimism and despair, patience and frustration, gratitude and rage."I understand that about 20 psychiatrists have left the area," he says."Before Katrina, there were already waiting lists of people to get in to see a psychiatrist.
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"I've had the worst nightmares of my life since Katrina too." In non-disaster situations, people generally list their jobs as one of their biggest sources of stress.In post-Katrina New Orleans, where residents across the board have major personal issues, job strain is just another problem on an already long list. Those who are employed here tend to be working long hours, with skeleton crews and more demands than normal."In total, we have sent almost 100 people to treatment in various places across the country," Atkins says. "Many of the treatment centers paid for individuals to travel to and from their facilities."Stress is a demand for more energy; it's a new burden on you," says French Quarter psychiatrist Douglas Greve.
"Here, it's so disruptive to all of us; we're all experiencing stress, and I think in the next four to six months we're going to see a real increase in mental illness."The third thing I've seen is alcohol abuse -- everyone reports that [their drinking] has gone up significantly.Most people will get over it and go back to the way they used to drink, but some will develop a problem." Addiction counselor Samantha-Hope Atkins, founder of the Hope Networks and We Recover support networks, says she has scrambled to get people into substance-abuse treatment since the storm.Sometimes it's hard to remember why New Orleans was ever called "The Big Easy." When everyone's life has been disrupted and day-to-day living is a big logistical headache, New Orleans is worlds away from easy.The recent experiences of local residents range from the most unimaginable trauma to a good hard shakeup.