Half of Middle East Refugees in Europe May Have PTSD

Unaccompanied children and young people under the age of 18, were found to be at highest risk of PTSD. Photo courtesy of UNHCR.

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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