Impact of the Syrian Crisis on the Hospitalization of Syrians in a Psychiatric Setting

Community Ment Health J. 2016 Jan;52(1):84-93. doi: 10.1007/s10597-015-9891-3. Epub 2015 May 16.


Determine the impact of the Syrian crisis on the hospitalization of Syrians in a psychiatric setting. All Syrians admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Lebanon between the 1st of January 2009 and the 31st of December 2013 were included. Number of admissions, psychiatric disorders and demographic and clinical data relative to patients were compared between those admitted before and after the crisis. 44 patients were admitted before the crisis and 106 after it. The distribution of diagnosis varied significantly after the crisis (p = 0.056) with the majority of patients being admitted for schizophrenia (37.7 %). The prevalence of suicidal ideation was higher after the crisis (p = 0.03) but suicidal attempts, need for electroconvulsive therapy and length of hospitalization did not differ significantly between both groups. Clinicians should be aware of the possible burden of mental illness in Syrians after the beginning of the Syrian crisis.

Keywords: Hospital admission; Hospitalization; Mental illness; Psychiatric disorder; Syrian crisis.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Armed Conflicts*
  • Female
  • Hospitalization / trends*
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric*
  • Humans
  • Lebanon
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders
  • Middle Aged
  • Refugees / psychology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Syria
  • Young Adult