The 2002 Bali bombings which claimed close to 200 lives and injured many has caused atleast one out five survivors to suffer increasing level of distress with terrifying flashbacks, a recent insight has revealed.
The University of Western Sydney study also revealed that survivors were emotionally better off if they were married with family support or were in a relationship.
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Lead author Garry Stevens said, "Deaths involving deliberate violence are associated with higher incidence of depression and prolonged or 'complicated' grief and a slower rate of recovery."
"Half of the group interviewed reported that, in the previous month, they had experienced upsetting thoughts, dreams or're-experiences' related to the Bali bombing or the need to avoid such thoughts and feelings," Co-author and a senior NSW Ministry of Health psychologist Julie Dunsmore said.
All post-disaster screening programs should evaluate people for long-term psychological impact, and treatment options should be made available for a longer period of time.