For anyone who has lived through nuclear threats and disasters, they know all too well the intense fear and mental anguish associated with them. In fact, even years later, researchers have found that mental health issues are far greater than actual deaths and illnesses from nuclear disasters.
As it turns out, even decades after nuclear incidences, people in the area suffer from post-traumatic stress. Those who had to evacuate still live in fear, and depression is widespread. Evacuee stress was five times higher than others’ nearby. In Fukushima, for example, 170,000 people needed to leave their homes.
So, those who aren’t well informed, think the worst. Evidently, very few people are exposed to life-threatening doses of radiation-but they think they or their family members have been. This causes intense emotional grief and fear.