Disasters and People With Serious Mental Illness

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This issue of the Supplemental Research Bulletin focuses on the experiences of individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) before, during, and after disasters. In this issue, we use “individuals with SMI” to refer to individuals
with schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, and/or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although individuals with other mental illnesses, such as borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder, may be considered to have SMI, we limited the mental illnesses we included in our definition within this issue to those mental illnesses most frequently associated with SMI in the disaster behavioral health research literature.

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