Serious Symptoms Haunt 84 Percent of Syrian Refugees

International human rights organizations have warned of the seriousness of psychological symptoms that haunt the Syrian refugees, pointing out that more than three-quarters of them suffer from PTSD, especially in light of the continuing effects of the war raging in their country for a full decade.

In the same context, an international survey of 721 Syrians living in neighboring countries and the city of Idlib revealed that 84 percent of refugees suffer at a minimum of 7 out of 15 symptoms of the main symptoms of PTSD, while a British association confirmed that a large number of Syrian refugees are struggling to get the required support.

The association also called for more efforts to be made in the field of investing in mental health services for refugees, especially in the countries of Syria’s neighborhood, after finding symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) widespread among them.

It is noteworthy that the war in Syria broke out in 2011, coinciding with the outbreak of the revolution against the regime of Bashar al-Assad the Syrian President, so that the events developed into armed confrontations between the Syrian opposition and the regime, after the latter resorted to military action to suppress the demonstrations and protests.

According to United Nations statistics, about 90 percent of Syrians at home live below the poverty line due to high unemployment rates and high prices, which have a direct impact on their lives and their physical and mental health, according to medical sources.

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