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A child psychiatrist describes how community displacement is like divorce

Upstate child psychiatrist Diane St. Fleur, MDThe Interstate 81 project in Syracuse will likely result in some forced relocations for people and businesses. Psychiatrists have a term -- "community displacement" -- for when a population is moved by another entity. Upstate child psychiatrist Diane St. Fleur, MD, says the emotional trauma that accompanies such displacement is similar to that of a divorce, when a family is ripped apart. She warns that such moves can cause stress and decrease the social cohesiveness of a community, and she shares advice that can help minimize the impact.