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Hong Kong, one-third of citizens with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Almost one in three adults living in China’s special administrative region, Hong Kong, have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.

According to BBC news, researchers from the University of Hong Kong have estimated the results of a 2009-2019 mental health survey of over 18,000 adults living in Hong Kong.

The study found that in Hong Kong, which has been part of anti-government protests since June 2019, almost one-third of adults have PTSD symptoms and that rate is six times higher than in 2015.

It has also been found that the level of depression among adults in Hong Kong is close to those living in conflict zones.

Researchers have noted the importance of taking new measures for mental health in Hong Kong.

The research findings are published in The Lancet.

During pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that began in June 2019 against the extradition bill in China, there have been escalating clashes and violent incidents between protesters and police.

Although the bill was officially withdrawn on October 23, protesters decided to continue their protests with demands for “democratic reform”.

Anti-government protests in November in Hong Kong sparked fierce confrontations between police and protesters. The region even entered New Year’s Eve with protests.

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