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Which mental health disorders impact refugees?

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Studies confirm that refugees are at substantially higher risk than the general population for a variety of specific psychiatric disorders. These disorders include:

  • PTSD
  • Major depression
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Somatization (Medical symptoms that have no known cause but can be linked to stress)
  • Chemical changes in the brain
  • Multigenerational trauma

Exposure to torture is the strongest predictor of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder among refugees.

(Kirmayer, L. J., Narasiah, L., Munoz, M., Rashid, M., Ryder, A. G., Guzder, J., Hassan, G., Rousseau, C., Pottie, K., & Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health (CCIRH) (2011). Common mental health problems in immigrants and refugees: general approach in primary care. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne, 183(12), E959–E967. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.0...)

Refugee voices on mental health

Humanitarian aid workers report on what they see in Hope Hospital in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh:

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