n Mental Health Matters - Post-traumatic stress disorder is becoming more common ... but recovery is attainable

Volume 3, Issue 5
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In South Africa, where crime and violence such as physical and sexual assault, hijacking and domestic violence are part and parcel of everyday life, post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) is common in the general population, negatively affecting a large number of people - from children and adolescents to adults and the elderly. So says Dr Eileen Thomas, psychiatrist affiliated to Akeso Psychiatric Clinic in Milnerton, Cape Town as well as the Department Psychiatry and Mental Health (Division Consultation Liaison) of the University of Cape Town at Groote Schuur Hospital. According to Health24.com, rates of PTSD of around 20% have been documented in studies in youth and in patients attending clinics.

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