Trapped Chilean Miners Face Psychological Challenges

"The stress reaction that one might therefore expect they would experience would be initially, an increase in stress and anxiety symptoms (elevated heart rate, blood pressure, on edge, etc.) followed by depressive and irritability symptoms as the length of time being trapped increases," wrote Rego.

Other signs include not responding to others; not eating, drinking or taking care of themselves; hysterical behavior, including screaming and crying uncontrollably and aggressive behavior.

Rescuers sent down nutrition and water for hydration, in addition to a medication to prevent stomach bleeding once they do start eating.

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