søndag 12. januar 2020

One in Three Hong Kong Adults Likely Have Post-Traumatic Stress: Study

Around one third of adults in Hong Kong have reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since the protest movement escalated last June, according to a mental health survey published in The Lancet onFriday. Around of 32 percent of adults surveyed in the study from September toNovember last year reported suspected PTSD or depressive symptoms, thestudy found.

The medical journal said the increase in mental health problems, whichalso included depressive symptoms, was similar to that seen in war zones or in places subjected to terrorist attacks. The prevalence of PTSD symptoms was six times higher than immediatelyfollowing the 2014 pro-democracy movement in the city, when it stood at around five percent of those surveyed. The figures would translate into around 1.9 million adults with suchsymptoms, in a population of 7.4 million.

Meanwhile, more than 10 percent of adults said they were suffering from depressive symptoms, compared with just two percent before the 2014 Occupy Central movement and 6.5 percent in 2017. "One in five adults now reports probable depression or suspected PTSD,which is comparable to those experiencing armed conflicts, large-scaledisasters, or terrorist attacks," the report said.