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Oil spill taking a toll on mental health

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Psychiatrists are warning that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could have long-lasting effects on coastal residents - especially those who lived through Hurricane Katrina.

It's too early to say for sure how severely the spill will affect the mental health of the people living along the water. But doctors at Louisiana State University and Columbia University say they're already seeing some of the same symptoms that Katrina survivors showed. Those include anger, anxiety, drinking, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

Louisiana shrimper Ricky Robin says the oil spill is worse than Katrina was because it just keeps dragging on and people feel like they can't do anything about it.

 

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