Disasters: Mental Health Context and Responses

The issue of the mental health consequences of disasters is always timely, but, at present, its consideration serves a pressing need if one takes into account the great number of co-existing and super-imposed disasters occurring throughout the world.

Taking Greece as an example, on top of the economic disaster that has produced serious mental health problems, the country is faced with a serious refugee problem produced by human-made disasters that have occurred elsewhere and produce serious mental health problems to the refugees and the host population alike.

This volume deals with the mental health consequences of Natural Disasters, Human-made Disasters, and a third category, Economic Disasters.

This volume will help contribute to more efficient management and mitigation of the mental health effects of such disasters.


George N. Christodoulou, MD, PhD, FRCPsych, is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry of Athens University. He is Immediate Past President of the World Federation for Mental Health, Honorary President of the Hellenic Psychiatric Association and Honorary Fellow of the World Psychiatric Association. He is presently President of the Society of Preventive Psychiatry and was the Founding Chair of the Psychiatric Association for Eastern Europe and the Balkans and the European Board of Psychiatry of the European Union, and President of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Juan E. Mezzich, MD, MA, MSc, PhD., is Professor of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Person Centered Medicine. He is former president of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and of the International College of Person Centered Medicine. He has also been chair of the WPA Section on Classification and of the US NIMH Diagnosis and Culture Group, and committee member for the ICD-11, DSM-IV, and Latin American psychiatric diagnostic systems.

Nikos G. Christodoulou, MBBS, PhD, MRCPsych is a Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry in Nottingham, UK. In addition to his clinical job at the NHS, he is also Honorary Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Nottingham and Chair of the World Psychiatric Association Section of Preventive Psychiatry. He is also President-elect of the Psychiatric Association for Eastern Europe and the Balkans, following two terms in the Executive Committee of this Association.

Dusica Lecic-Tosevski, MD, PhD, is a neuropsychiatrist, psychotherapist and Professor of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine of the University of Belgrade. She is a full member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and is Director of the Institute of Mental Health, which she has transformed into a leading psychiatric tertiary institution in Serbia. She is also Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Healthcare Force Development and Head of Department of Psychiatry at the Belgrade University School of Medicine.

"Disasters: Mental Health Context and Responses is a fascinating compilation of chapters by expert authors from around the world. Each author uses his/her own unique expertise to outline how disasters impact mental health and comment on methods to mitigate human suffering. [...] The book creatively ends with a thought provoking section exploring the intersection between art and disaster from a psychoanalytical perspective. This book is an engaging, relevant and informative read for both mental health professionals and the lay reader. It is a reminder of human nature, human suffering and the power of healing. We strongly encourage students, residents and colleagues from throughout the world to read and use this very important and illuminating book for their clinical practices, teaching and research."

Nakita Natala and Michelle B. Riba WPA News, April 2017

Irina Emelianova

Claudia Farhat

John Fayyad

Konstantinos Fountoulakis

Orestis Giotakos

Pawan Gupta

R. Peykan Gökalp

Lynn Itani

Rosa Izquierdo

Elie Karam

Georges Karam

Hanna Kienzler

Vassilis Kontaxakis

Stelios Krasanakis

Valery Krasnov

Vadim Kryukov

Dusica Lecic-Tosevski

Ioannis Malogiannis

Juan Mezzich

Zeina Mneimneh

Srinivasa Murthy

Aimee Nasser Karam

Unaiza Niaz

Eleni Oikonomou

Thomas Paparrigopoulos

Theodoros Papaslanis

Stephan Parmentier

Bojana Pejuskovic

Lily Evangelia Peppou

Panagiota Pervanidou

George Rachiotis

Irina Ryzhova

Emiliya Samedova

Shridhar Sharma

Constantin Soldatos

Kyriakos Souliotis

Adaruh Tripathi

Eirini Tsitsipa

Georgios Tsouvelas

Olivera Vukovic

Thomas Wenzel

James C. West

Zvi Zemishlany

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ISBN: 1-4438-8944-X

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-8944-5

Release Date: 17th June 2016

Pages: 355

Price: £57.99

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