POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AMONG SURVIVORS OF AFGHAN TORTURE AND CONCENTRATION CAMPS

Authors

  • Zahid Nazir
  • Samina Said
  • Khalid A. Mufti

Abstract

Thirty Afghan refugees who had survived torture and concentration camps experience were subjected to thoroughpsychiatric search. All of them met the DSM-III R Criteria for post- traumatic Stress Disorder. Their main symptoms wereavoidance of the past recall, intrusive thoughts and nightmares that were persistent. These findings give cross-culturalvalidation of post-traumatic stress syndrome in general while with a difference that (i). Younger patients of our studygroup showed better prognosis and minimum suicidal tendencies, (ii). Duration of stay in concentration Camps wassignificantly less as compared to Western studies.

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