1 in 4 children needs psychiatric help following 2011 tsunami in Japan: Study
One in four nursery school children who survived the 2011 quake and tsunami in Japan has psychiatric problems, a report has revealed.
Researchers in a report released warned that the effects of the tragedy could last a lifetime if left untreated.
According to Japan times, the researchers found 25.9 percent of children aged between 3 and 5 suffer symptoms, including vertigo, nausea and headaches.
Some children also exhibited worrying behavior such as violence or withdrawal.
The health ministry study said kids were scarred by losing friends, seeing their homes collapse and being separated from parents.
The team, led by professor Shigeo Kure of Tohoku University School of Medicine, said young children who do not receive care could develop more serious problems later in life, the report said.
These could include developmental disorders and learning disabilities, which would affect the kids' academic achievement and employment prospects.
(Posted on 28-01-2014)