A new study shows that psychological problems in refugees coming to Sweden often go undiagnosed by Swedish authorities. And those psychological problems can lead to physical health issues down the line, say researchers.
Refugees who arrive in Sweden are given a routine health evaluation by The National Board of Health and Welfare. It includes a 30-minute interview which is often conducted through an interpreter. But the interview often isn't enough to uncover afflictions like severe anxiety, depression, or post traumatic stress disorder. More than 50 percent of those interviewed had considerable anxiety, the study claims.