The Psychiatric Effects of Massive Trauma on Cambodian Refugees
From 1975 to 1980 the brutal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia brought destruction, death and extreme suffering to the Cambodian people. From that tragedy, we have learned some of the personal and clinical effects of extreme trauma. The Cambodians, surviving such adversity without knowledge of Western psychiatric concepts and without recourse to financial compensation, have given us a unique opportunity to study the outcomes of stress. Our research and clinical goals are to improve clinical treatment of these victims who now make their homes in many American communities.
KeywordsDepressive Symptom Startle Reaction Intrusive Thought Khmer Rouge Psychiatric Effect
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