Gaza has psychiatrist shortage, too many self-medicating

November 9, 2010 02:09


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Up to 15 percent of Gaza Strip residents suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a Reuters report on Monday.

According ot the report, Western-style psychotherapy is well-established in the Strip, and there is a severe shortage of properly certified psychiatrists.

The report also noted that following the 2009 Gaza War, the Strip saw a craze of Gazans self-medicating with an opiate-based medicine called Tramadol in attempts to calm their nerves and panic attacks. One pharmacist called the effects of the drug's widespread use as "devastating."

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