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article imageVideo: 60% of Egyptians suffering from PTSD

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By Anne Sewell     Jun 29, 2012 in Health
Cairo - In the wake of the successful elections recently in Egypt, surveys have shown that 60% of Egyptians are suffering from PTSD, caused by the stress of both protests and multiple elections.
In spite of the long-anticipated announcement of the presidential elections last weekend, Egyptians are planning to be out in the streets protesting yet again this Friday, to demand the power handover from the current military government to their newly-elected leader.
With so many protests in Tahrir Square in the last eighteen months, the deaths of family and friends in the revolution, and three elections, ordinary Egyptians are constantly under severe psychological stress, which often goes ignored.
In the video, RT's Paula Slier speaks to Mona Mohamed, a mother who lost her son in the violence during the protests.
She also speaks to Dr Mona Amer, Assistant Professor of Psychology, on the effects experienced by the Egyptian people. Amer explains that the people are more anxious, are using more drugs and alcohol, just trying to cope.
It turns out it is not only those who were directly involved in the protests that are suffering. A survey has been run by a researcher, Deena Abdelmonem, who spoke to ordinary Egyptians in the streets, and it was found that 60% of Egyptians are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Of these, 47% have witnessed violence in the streets, 34% have stayed up late to watch television new reports of a violent nature, and 28% are suffering because their financial situation has deteriorated.
While a center has been created to help people with psychological problems, and some who have been directly affected by the violence have gone there, most people stay away, fearing the stigma of being seen at such a clinic.
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