Wayne State Researchers Look at Mental Health of Syrian Refugees

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Avinash Rachmale serves as the president of Lakeshore Engineering, a Detroit company he founded in 1994. Outside of work, Avinash Rachmale gives back to the community through his support of organizations like the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Recently, research from the school published the results of a six-month study on the mental health implications of dealing with civil war trauma among refugees from Syria that are now living in the United States. According to the finding, half of the adult refugees are dealing with depression and about 30 percent of them have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Perhaps even more troubling is the finding that 60 percent of children in the study showed signs of anxiety as a result of trauma. Researchers believe that this anxiety could be caused by PTSD in parents.

The refugees who were interviewed for the study had been living in the United States for two to eight weeks. About 400 individuals representing 95 families participated in the study, which involved a brief interview and collection of epidemiological, genetic, and stress data. Altogether, 90 percent of all the people invited to participate in the study agreed to take part.