Untreated trauma is a ticking time bomb impacting individuals and is a public hazard tragedy for societies.
Credit: Nature, October 10, 2016 ,doi:10.1038/538158a
"Nearly 6,000-person caseload sampling from Syrians there, 31 percent have severe emotional disorders. Within this categorization, 20 percent have depressive disorders like anxiety and 6 percent suffer from bipolar disorders. Schizophrenia, at 10 percent, was the most common form of psychotic illness across the region."
Karen Leigh, The New York Times, August 1, 2014
"The impact that it has over time on the asylum seeker is … a kind of demoralisation syndrome. And so, what you find on a day-to-day level, is that people relinquish their responsibilities of all kinds. They’re living in a wire cage, and their every need is being serviced by someone else, and they have no control over that. They have no control over when they’re fed, how long they can spend in a shower or toilet, they have no control over their lives, so people relinquish control, and they vegetate, they start to get into this dissociative vegetative state that we know is very common with trauma, and then everything suffers.
Domestic violence increases for example, in the heat, and the oppression and the monotony and boredom that goes along with it, we get lots of lots family domestic stuff to deal with. At the other end of the scale, you get parents relinquishing their authority over their children, because their children are cared for. Children go away to school during the day then Save the Children [which has since left the island] come in and do some activities with them, and they’re kept busy and … we find that the parents relinquish their parenting skills and their parenting obligation to the children. The children, you don’t have to watch them, they can run around in the compound, they’re not going anywhere. Parents dissociate from their children, and pull back."
Paul Stevenson, June 20, 2016, The Guardian
A scene from the Beldangi-2 refugee camp, in eastern Nepal. (copyright: Salim Ali)
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“Violence and suffering have not only scarred their past, they are shaping their futures,” Anthony Lake, Unicef’s director, said in a statement released on Thursday with a report on the plight of 5.6 million children in Syria and two million more who have fled as refugees. Close to three million children in Iraq and 3.6 million children in neighboring countries bearing the brunt of the influx are affected by the conflict, Unicef estimated.
Eight million child refugees is a mental health time bomb. Ignoring it now would be a terrible mistake