Train stabbing has PTSD risk: psychiatrist

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Taipei Times
Date: Jul 07, 2019
By: Wang Shan-yan and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Chiayi City-based psychiatrist Lin Hung (林宏) warned of the dangers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the fatal stabbing of a police officer on a train traveling from Chiayi Railway Station on Wednesday.

Railway officer Lee Cheng-han (李承翰), 24, died in hospital after the attack, while a man surnamed Cheng (鄭) was detained, with prosecutors saying he faces a murder charge.

Lin, a doctor at Chiayi Christian Hospital, said people could develop PTSD after witnessing a traumatic event, with symptoms being negative behavioral, emotional, physiological and functional changes.

Insomnia, recurrent nightmares, fatigue, anxiety, fear and chronic stress that can lead to physical issues, such as aches, abdominal pain, and lack of strength are signs of PTSD, Lin said, adding that untreated acute traumatic response could worsen into chronic depression or anxiety.

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