A Daily news digest by Jasper van Santen

‘It’s Amazing How Traumatized They Are’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE

In News on February 28, 2012 at 07:28

Photo Gallery: A Year After the Disaster

The Fukushima Psychiatrist

 I am currently treating a man in his early forties. He had a house on the coast close to Daiichi that was destroyed by the tsunami. That’s when he lost his 7-year-old son. The man had to flee and he tried to rent an apartment somewhere else. But the landlord rejected him because he works for TEPCO. When he finally found a flat the neighbors posted a paper on his door: TEPCO workers get out. Because the man received quite a high dose of radiation, he had to change to another department. Now he’s got a desk job that he doesn’t enjoy and isn’t trained for. He is afraid that he might get ill with cancer, he is in financial difficulties because his salary was cut and he lost his house. He also has problems with his family. His mother lost her husband to the tsunami and she feels guilty, because she couldn’t save him and her grandson. She cries a lot. When my patient gets home after work, he doesn’t feel comfortable there either.”

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