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Post traumatic stress disorder in refugees coming from the middle east and its impact on resettlement in the United States

There are a limited number of studies and resources available on the topic of PTSD in Middle Eastern Refugees and its impact on the process of resettlement. Due to increasing number of refugees coming from the Middle East, the need to address mental health issues of this population in a culturally sensitive way is becoming more demanding. The current review of literature highlights the impact of traumatic experiences of refugees prior to immigration on the process of acculturation and post immigration mental health status. The purpose of this project is to create a series of workshops for refugee families coming from the Middle East with prior experience of trauma in order to provide them with helpful information about the impact of their traumatic experiences prior and after immigration on life adjustment, ways of coping with those effects, and overcoming the stigma of seeking mental health services at the host country.

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