Major depressive disorder prevalence and risk factors among Syrian asylum seekers in Greece

Graph that shows the more time spent in camp the higher the probability of MDD

Danielle N. Poole, Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Shirley Liao, Nathaniel A. Raymond, & Till Bärnighausen

BMC Public Health, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5822-x, (Published July 2018).

This research provides necessary information on the mental health (specifically major depressive disorder or MDD) of refugees from Syria, as this information has not been collected or analyzed thoroughly as of yet. The researchers surveyed 135 Syrian refugees in a camp in Greece, specifically screening for MDD. The authors found that 44% of participants had symptoms of major depression. They found that women had an increased likelihood of MDD, and that time spent in the camp had a trend towards increased risk of depression.

“The development of depression during the asylum process is likely to undermine individual and societal functioning, which are essential for the survival and eventual resettlement of forced migrants. Depression is also likely to lead to adverse acculturation outcomes.”

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