Almost half of the current flood of refugees arriving in Germany could be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a paper co-authored by Flinders University’s Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry Julio Licinio.

Professor Licinio, who is a Deputy Director of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), and Head of its Mind and Brain Theme, was one of six researchers who analyzed information gained from a Red Cross camp housing 1,700 refugees in Dresden.

He and his co-authors wrote that unaccompanied children and youths under 18 years of age arriving in Germany, who comprise around 6% of total refugees, were among the individuals most in need of protection and psychiatric attention.

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