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Children in Juarez, suffer from stress due to violence in the state

02 Feb
Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.
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CIUDAD JUAREZ, – A study of children aged between five and 12 years old attending the Children’s Hospital, showed that 80 percent suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder by violence.

The head of the Psychology Department at Children’s Hospital, Leila Ruiz Escalona, ​​said the study in question was carried out among children who were inpatients or outpatients attended the Children’s Hospital in the last year.

The problem is compounded because PTSD is not diagnosed properly and confused with anxiety disorders, with headaches, with stomach pains, behavioral problems and even simple tantrums, said the psychologist.

The root of the problem is post-traumatic stress generated by high levels of violence and if the patient is silent and says nothing, symptoms begin to occur, which in turn generate more problems until therapy is essential, he said.

All children perceive violence from the same household, relationship problems, family discord and abuse, as well as in the street are affected by incidents such as foreclosures, or serious traffic accidents, he said.

Escalona Ruiz, who led the study that found that eight of every 10 children suffer from PTSD, said most of the affected children were part of the crowds who watch the violent events in the street.

Post-traumatic stress can occur at any age and usually occurs after a natural disaster such as fire, flood, or events such as rape, imprisonment, or terrorist attacks, he added.

Last week, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Georgina Cardenas, said before the violent events recorded in this city, 27 percent of the population suffering from this disorder.

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