A Potent Side Effect to the Flint Water Crisis: Mental Health Problems

Still, Mr. Russell added, “What the demand will look like going forward, I don’t think anyone knows.”

Five Flint residents recently shared their accounts of the psychological impact of the crisis:


Janice Berryman.

Brittany Greeson for The New York Times

‘If you go to sleep, it feels like it’s all going to go away.’

Janice Berryman spends solitary days in a home scattered with pink pillows and angel figurines, following every twist of Flint’s water crisis on television and trying to keep her anger at bay.

Her tap water was found to have extremely high lead levels as recently as February, she said. Family members have stopped visiting, including a niece in…

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