Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Mental pain

Medical researchers have discovered the worrying mental health problems brought on by the war:

Major depression was the single most common disorder.

The researchers calculated that by the age of 75 years, about one-third of the Lebanese would probably have had one or more [mental health] disorder. Only half of the Lebanese with a mood disorder ever received professional help; treatment rates for other mental disorders were even lower.

The average delay in treatment ranged from 6 years for mood disorders to 28 years for anxiety disorders. Finally, exposure to war-related events increased the risk of developing an anxiety, mood, or impulse-control disorder by about 6-fold, 3-fold, and 13-fold, respectively.

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