A survey by the Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization revealed that residents in the coastal areas of Miyagi Prefecture are more prone to depression than inland areas.It is believed that the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake caused serious damage, and insomnia and post-traumatic stress response (PTSR) are also high in the coastal areas.It seems that there is a high need to continue to promote mental care.

 The survey was conducted from May 2013 to March 5 in 2015 coastal cities and towns such as Ishinomaki City and Kesennuma City, and 3 inland cities and towns such as Shiroishi City and Kakuda City.In addition to collecting blood and urine at the specific health checkup venues of each local government, we asked them to answer questionnaires asking about lifestyle and psychological aspects, and aggregated and analyzed them.The subjects of analysis were 13 people with an average age of 8 years.

 According to the report, depressive symptoms were higher in coastal residents than in inland residents, but it was found that the difference narrowed during the year from 2013 to 2014.However, insomnia and post-traumatic stress responses were also higher in the coastal areas, highlighting the fact that there is still significant damage to the minds of coastal residents.
In addition, many of the residents were interrupted from regular hospital visits and treatment of chronic illnesses that required medication due to psychological distress caused by the earthquake and changes in the living environment.14% of the subjects analyzed did not, although they felt they needed a dental examination.In addition, sleeping pills are often taken by people who have undergone environmental changes due to the earthquake and those who have psychological distress, and it is likely that appropriate support will be needed.

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