Risk Of Psychosis May Triple Among New Refugees

21 Mar 2016

Vocativ reports that a study finds one in 1,000 refugees are diagnosed with schizophrenia or other psychoses every year. 

Refugees have a unique set of medical needs. There’s disease that rages through refugee camps due to overcrowding and poor sanitation; the stomach-churning risk of physical and sexual assault; the danger of starvation and malnutrition. But perhaps even more challenging are the deep-seated psychological conditions that ravage refugees who flee from war-torn areas, even years after they have been successfully integrated into their new countries.

Roughly 4.8 million refugees recently fled Syria, half of whom are under the age of 18. Studies have shown that refugee status takes a serious psychological toll on both adults and children. In fact, the American Psychological Association published a nearly 100-page literature review on the subject back in 2010. Although each crisis is unique (and indeed, each refugee has his or her own story), the study found that many refugee children share common psychological and social challenges.

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