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Sun Mar 2, 2014, 03:40 PM

Over 30% of 3/11 kids hit by PTSD

Source: JIJI, Kyodo

More than 30 percent of children caught up in the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that heavily damaged Tohoku’s coastline are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, a health ministry survey says.

The survey covered 198 children in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures aged 3 to 5 at the time of the disasters, which ravaged all three. They were interviewed by psychiatrists from September 2012 to June 2013.

“Those children grew up to be able to express their fears of the disaster or their grief at losing friends,” said Takeo Fujiwara, a researcher at the National Center for Child Health and Development.

According to the survey, 33.8 percent of the children exhibited PTSD symptoms, including sleeping disorders and flashbacks. That was much higher than the 3.7 percent logged for children from the Kansai prefecture of Mie, who were surveyed for comparison.


Read more: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/02/national/over-30-of-311-kids-hit-by-ptsd/

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clandestiny Mar 2014 #1

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Mon Mar 3, 2014, 04:51 PM

1. It would be terrifying for most adults to see a wall of water sweeping away their homes,


family and friends. I can imagine what a poor 5 year old would go through. Very sad.

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