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Explainer: what is resignation syndrome and why is it affecting refugee children?

Reports from Nauru are raising concerns about an outbreak of a severe trauma-related mental disorder known as traumatic withdrawal syndrome, or resignation syndrome.

  • Louise Newman
  • The Conversation

Recent legal action resulted in urgent medical evacuation of a child in an unconscious state following a progressive social withdrawal and failure to speak, eat or drink.

Leth 1aThe child was unresponsive, dehydrated and at risk of death from the physical complications of this extreme state.

Medical experts noted there are no adequate medical or mental health facilities on Nauru to…

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