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On August 30, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) organized a lecture on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at its Cianjhen Culture Center in the city of Kaohsiung, where, on July 31, 2014, in the Cianjhen and Lingya districts, there was a series of gas explosions. In the explosions 31 people were killed and some 300 others injured.
The lecture was given by Dr. Michael T. C. Tang, a psychiatrist at Kaohsiung Medical University’s Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, and was attended by some 200 people, including many residents of the local community still struggling in the aftermath of the explosions.
Dr. Tang described the symptoms of PTSD, which is a debilitating anxiety disorder, as including uncontrollable fearful thoughts and flashbacks to the traumatizing event, nightmares, detachment, difficulty concentrating and memory problems. He stated that PTSD is treatable with both drug therapy and psychotherapy. For those suffering from PTSD, he also highlighted the importance of support and understanding, and the value of interacting with others at activities such as discussion meetings, a core activity of TSA.
[Adapted from an article in the September 19, 2014, issue of Soka Press, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA); photo courtesy of Soka Press]
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