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Study finds direct link between trauma and physical & mental disorders part 2

By Faeza
12 December 2015

The research found the most common trauma causing events were related to the unexpected death of a loved one and witnessing a traumatic event occurring to someone else. Based on the study, Research leader Lukoye Atwoli, associate UCT Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine at Moi University, recommended that interventions for trauma survivors should include witnesses of traumatic events.

Data from the SASH survey, used in the UCT study, showed that among South Africans:

  • One in three have mental disorders lasting between 12 months and a lifetime.

  • The most prevalent disorder is anxiety (15.8%), then substance abuse (13.3%) and mood disorders (9.8%).

  • 11% have two or more mental disorders.