OJPsych  Vol.3 No.1 , January 2013
The road home: Returning to pre-Katrina homes during episodes of psychosis
Abstract: Hurricane Katrina was a devastating event to New Orleans. There was a mandatory evacuation of the city during which victims in affected areas were not allowed to return for months. Many residents were unable to return to their previous residence due to the destruction of their home or change in ownership. In its aftermath, a phenomenon of displaced residents becoming psychotic and returning to their pre-Katrina homes that they no longer owned became apartment. While the clinical ramifications of these behaviors remain unclear, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy monitoring of psychotic patients for similar behaviors may be warranted. We present two such cases of this phenomenon, colloquially called “Post-Katrina Syndrome” by psychiatrists in the New Orleans area.
Cite this paper: Pletsch, G. , Rodgman, C. , Leimbach, E. , Erwin, K. and Johnson, J. (2013) The road home: Returning to pre-Katrina homes during episodes of psychosis. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 3, 1-4. doi: 10.4236/ojpsych.2013.31001.

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