Refugees have a substantially higher risk of psychotic disorders (Video)

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16 Mar 2016

A study published in The BMJ finds that refugees face a substantially higher risk of psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, compared to non-refugee migrants from the same regions of origin. The humanitarian crises in Europe, the Middle East, north Africa, and central Asia have led to more displaced people, asylum seekers, and refugees worldwide than at any time since the second world war. Refugees are known to be at an increased risk of mental health problems, such as post traumatic stress disorder and common mental disorders, compared to non-refugee migrants, but little is known about their risk of psychosis. 

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