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Tuesday 13 December 2005
What is being done to help the victims of last year's tsunami deal with their trauma?
It's just under a year since the Tsunami devastated coastal communities around the Indian Ocean . Raj reports from his recent visit to the Tamil Nadu region of India with the charity Action Aid, where he met some of the people affected, and observed the work that's being done on the emotional rebuilding of their lives.
He's also joined in the studio by Dr Uni Krishnan, who specialises in psycho-social care for Action Aid in Asia , and Professor Simon Wessely from Kings College in London who has researched post traumatic stress disorder, to discuss the best approach to help people deal psychologically with disasters like the Tsunami.
How many times have you agreed to have lunch with someone you used to work with, arranged to visit a distant cousin, or accepted an invitation to yet another Christmas Party...only to wish that you hadn't been so generous with your time once the events approached? It seems that no matter how frequently we over-commit, we tend to imagine that we will have more time in the future than we do at present.
Dr Gal Zauberman of North Carolina University and Professor John Lynch of Duke University in America , recognised this trait in themselves and decided to investigate. John Lynch joins Raj to discuss their findings.