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  1. Myanmar

    The Silent Epidemic of Depression Among Refugees

    The warning signs aren’t always obvious. Refugee camps like Mae La, a massive settlement along the Thailand-Myanmar border, see significant rates of depression — but Western researchers, studying mental health among camp residents, found many refugees didn’t conform to symptoms detected by standard screenings. Nonetheless, a quarter of the women in Mae La have contemplated suicide, and about 3 percent have attempted it — evidence that mental health services in camps must adapt to identify and treat the sadness stemming from the dislocation, hopelessness and boredom that often accompanies life as a refugee.

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