Friday, September 5, 2008

The Long-Term Psychological Effects Of Torture

The Long-Term Psychological Effects Of Torture

An Overview Of Current Information

A Service Of
Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director

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Using this Google search . . .

. . . these are the main psychological effects we found:

Emotional Instability, Depression, Passivity, Fatigue And Disturbed Sleep

"After an observation period of about 10 years a follow-up examination was made of 22 Greeks earlier exposed to torture. All had physical symptoms and about 90% of the examinees had chronic psychological symptoms which had appeared after the torture experience, the most notable of which were emotional instability, depression, passivity, fatigue and disturbed sleep."


Difficulty Concentrating, Nightmares, Insomnia, Memory Loss, Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression And Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

"Long-term psychological effects include difficulty concentrating, nightmares, insomnia, memory loss, fatigue, anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder."


Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

"The psychological effects of torture can include major depression, anxiety, and the constellation of symptoms known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Survivors of torture and trauma may also experience feelings of shame, guilt, powerlessness or worthlessness, an inability to visualize the future, and difficulty connecting to other people."


NOTE: "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened."

"Most people with PTSD repeatedly relive the trauma in their thoughts during the day and in nightmares when they sleep. These are called flashbacks. Flashbacks may consist of images, sounds, smells, or feelings, and are often triggered by ordinary occurrences, such as a door slamming or a car backfiring on the street. A person having a flashback may lose touch with reality and believe that the traumatic incident is happening all over again."


The ANTI-TORTURE NETWORK is a group of people joined together by their common desire to oppose torture wherever it exists. The motto of this group is "Opposing Torture Everywhere." And we particularly oppose all torture by The United States under the Bush Administration.

Our main website is named The Anti-Torture Network and it is located at

Our Group Headquarters is located at, along with our Membership List.

If you want to oppose torture here and abroad, you are invited to join with us, by using the sign-up box below.

Membership is open to all people who want to oppose torture, and all members are allowed to post messages to the entire Group.

Blessings to you. May God help us all.

Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director -

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