Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression Among Survivals of Chemical Attack in Halabja
The main aim of this study was to find out the prevalence rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, likewise to find out significant gender differences in the level of this mental disorder among survivals of the chemical attack in Halabja. PTSD and depression among 109 (45 were males and 64 were females) survivors of the chemical attack were assessed by the Kurdish version scales of post-traumatic stress disorder checklist for DSM-5, and depression section of the Hopkins symptoms checklist-15. And the non-random snowball sampling technique was used to select the sample. Besides, face to face and structured interviews were used to collect data. The results of this study showed that the prevalence rate of PTSD was 46.78%, and there was a significant gender difference in the level of PTSD among survivals in Halabja. The prevalence rate of depression was 45.87%, and there was no significant gender difference in the level of depression among participants in this study.
Keywords:PTSD, depression, survivals of chemical attack, Halabja
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