Monday, August 20, 2007

Torture and mental health

A review of the literature has found that people who have survived torture are a frequent but undetected group among people using mental health services and in the general population. People who have been tortured often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain and depression ; long-lasting symptoms which can be hard to treat. The review also draws attention to the ethical implications of torture including confidentiality, the duty to report torture and the obligation not to take part in it.

Wenzel, Thomas - Torture Current Opinion in Psychiatry 2007, 20: 491-496

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