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Torture and trauma

Effects of torture and trauma

If you or someone you care about has experienced torture or trauma there is help available. The lasting effects of torture and trauma may include:

  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • anxiety and depression
  • flash backs and repeated memories of the event
  • nightmares and other sleep problems
  • guilt and shame
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • brain injury and epilepsy
  • constant pain (due to injuries and/or altered pain perception).

Family members of victims, especially children and partners, may also need support to deal with these after-effects.

Getting help

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Last updated:
9 March 2016
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