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Tsunami survivors remain under psychological stress

Published torsdag 4 oktober 2007 kl 10.25

Swedes who survived the tsunami in South East Asia in December 2004 that claimed thousands of lives are still suffering health problems nearly three years after the event.

Many survivors suffer from psychological problems, despite the majority of their number taking a year off work and receiving medication.

According to a survey that questioned 4,432 Stockholmers, a third of the women and a fifth of the men reported some form of psychological distress.

Many of those involved in the report had lost one or more relatives in the tsunami, and others had been seriously injured themselves.

The survey was carried out by Stockholm’s local council, and shows a clear link between the severity of experiences endured during the disaster and psychological health.

The reports authors say a third of women and half of the men surveyed felt they received inadequate support from their employers.

Five hundred and forty-three Swedes lost their lives in the disaster.

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