Cave ordeal likely affected the Thai soccer team’s mental health

iStock/ThinkstockBY: DR. MICHAEL MACINTYRE

(NEW YORK) — It took hundreds of volunteers from all over the world to rescue the soccer team of 12 boys and their coach from a cave in Thailand.

Now that they’re out of the dangerous environment, their recovery process begins. Of course, treating their physical health first is important. But, doctors will also be concerned about the psychological effects of their ordeal and how it could affect their overall mental health.

“They are likely to have symptoms — this is a terrifying, frightening event,” Dr. Steven Berkowitz, co-chair of the terrorism and disaster issues committee for the American …read more