Refugee Resettlement Watch

Syrian refugees will need lots of mental health treatment in America

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 10, 2016

…..and you, the US taxpayer, will be paying for it! (or else!)

An estimated 1000-2000 of the coming 10,000 Syrians could need (costly!) mental health treatment!

Here is the AP story at ABC News (emphasis is mine):

For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home.

But what organizations helping resettle them might not be prepared for, and what refugees themselves might be in denial about, is the need to treat the mental scars of war, experts said.

[….]

Organizations that work with refugees said it’s too early to assess the full scope of arrivals’ mental health needs. But experts say it’s important to keep tabs on the emotional state of new arrivals, since symptoms may not appear until months or years later — well after most resettlement support services have ended. [It is all on the community then which must come up with the $$$ for all of this care!—ed]

The U.S. has taken about 2,500 Syrian refugees since the conflict there began in 2011, including about 100 in Massachusetts. The Obama administration expects to take in at least 10,000 in the federal fiscal year that began in October. Experts estimate 10 to 20 percent of incoming Syrians will have war-related psychological problems warranting treatment.

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At about two years after arrival reality hits and mental health problems appear according to Dr. Richard Mollica at Harvard. Photo and bio: http://www.williamjames.edu/about/profiles/faculty/richard-mollica.cfm

“They’re in the honeymoon phase,” said Richard Mollica, a psychiatry professor at Harvard Medical School who has spent decades working with torture and genocide victims. “In the first year, they’re so happy to be out of that situation. They feel something wonderful is going to happen in America.

And “wonderful” doesn’t come and that is where I believe the mental health crisis begins!  

The streets are not paved with gold, they have to work (find work!) and the mythical city of El Dorado is just that, a myth. Many will want to go home.

“It’s only about two years later or so when there’s a mental health crisis,” he said. “It’s at that point that reality hits and they really need a lot of mental health care.”

And get this!  If you don’t take care of their mental health they could turn into Islamic terrorists!

Failure to address them could lead some refugees to withdraw from society, increasing the chances they’ll be drawn to extremist groups, Arnetz [Michigan professor] warned.

Some good news!  Syrians are only trickling into the US and at the present rate, Obama won’t get to that magic 10,000 by September 30th (the end of the 2016 fiscal year).  See numbers (so far) here.  I’m guessing the security screening is going very slowly.

For ambitious readers we have 289 previous posts in our ‘health issues’ category (refugees have a lot of health issues!).

5 Responses to “Syrian refugees will need lots of mental health treatment in America”

  1. I wonder just how many refugees do come in ‘under the radar.’ There have been the stories saying that even the governors of some states weren’t informed when their states received ‘refugees.’ Then there are the persistent stories about the unmarked planes ferrying ‘refugees’ in the dead of night to their new ‘homes.’
    Also there have been reports for years of Middle Easterners (including Syrians) crossing what was once our Southern border.
    Our Northern border is also pretty porous as it seems a fair number of illegals come in via Canada or by means of shipping containers.
    It does seem as though there is a lot of confusing information, making it hard to know for certain.

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  2. Reblogged this on Kerberos616.

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  3. tomasrose said

    one of the more amazing things in Ann Richard’s (of State Dept) recent testimony about Syrian refugees is that we would be taking burn victims, the elderly, the traumatized – and that after 3 or 4 months the refugees would be dropped / oops I mean left to the welfare system.

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  4. What is a Nation if not a combination of persons of the same ethnic family, often speaking the same language or cognate languages?

    The U.S. is no longer a Nation…

    The U.S. has become a ‘Multicultural Jewish fueled mosaic’

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  5. Reblogged this on Rifleman III Journal and commented:
    Like anything with a price tag too high: SEND IT BACK!

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