PTSD highest in N Ireland

Northern Ireland has the world's highest recorded rate of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a major international report.It estimated that PTSD costs the public purse around £175m a year.The same survey was undertaken in 30 countries, including war-hit areas such as Israel and Lebanon.

The World Mental Health survey showed that violence had been a distinctive cause of mental health problems for around 18,000 people.The survey was carried out by University of Ulster psychologists and Omagh-based trauma treatment experts, based on World Health Organisation criteria.

It suggested that nearly 40% of the population have had a conflict related traumatic incident.The report was based on a survey of 4,340 adults who were questioned between 2004 and 2008.The researchers used 2008 as a sample year for the financial estimate and suggested that the costs linked to those suffering from PTSD would continue to increase as the patients grow older.

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