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Psychological medicine

Psychological distress in refugee survivors of torture and trauma

Nada Tekic

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Abstract

Refugees can be exposed to trauma, either through persecution in the countries they are fleeing or displacement from their homes to refugee camps and asylum countries. Treatment requires trauma-informed and culturally competent strategies.

Article Extract

Refugees may have experienced the most horrific types of torture and trauma in the countries they are fleeing (Box 1). Victims that have been exposed to severe, repetitive and prolonged trauma suffer severe and complex physical and mental health problems. Clinical and cultural complexities require systemic and specialised psychological, medical and social treatments. This article aims to reflect experiences from clinical practice.

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