bluelikejazz Posted May 22, 2012 Share Posted May 22, 2012 A group of Psychiatrists are presenting to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' annual congress their opinion of a new disorder that's emerging amongst asylum seekers. Symptoms include: The symptoms, which he believed constituted a previously unidentified psychiatric syndrome, included poor concentration, impaired memory, flat depressed mood, psychotic episodes, anger and rage, obsession with their protection claim, intermittent suicidal thoughts and possibly ongoing physiological symptoms such as sore eyes. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/new-syndrome-hits-detainees-20120521-1z1d0.html#ixzz1vb6orSfy I don't doubt that our policy of holding very traumatised people indefinitely without appeal is incredibly damaging to mental health and needs to be changed, but I'm not sure these symptoms couldn't be explained under MDD, PTSD and cultural expressions of those. The question is, will labeling it as a distinct 'illness' achieve anything more for the rights of asylum seekers? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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