Effects of Torture & Other Traumatic Experiences

If you notice that the person you wish to refer is showing one or more of the following effects (or they/their parents tell you about one or more of these symptoms), then you should consider referring them to Foundation House:

Adults (only)

  • Crying a lot
  • Intense/persistent emotional distress
  • Persistent lack of expression of positive emotions
  • Aggressive behaviour or persistent anger
  • Fears of going out or other fears
  • Severe social withdrawal or appears uncommunicative
  • Repeated expressions of hopelessness
  • On alert for things going wrong
  • Intense/persistent emotional distress
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Poor self-care, household care
  • Persistent physical ailments with no medical cause
  • Not responding to needs of children, emotional distance
  • Persistent and severe sleep difficulties
  • Signs of family conflict
  • Appears disoriented, incoherent or confused
  • Expresses bizarre or illogical beliefs
  • Expresses threat to harm self or others

Children & Adolescents

  • Crying a lot
  • Intense/persistent emotional distress
  • Persistent lack of expression of positive emotions
  • Aggressive behaviour or persistent anger
  • Fears of going out or other fears
  • Severe social withdrawal or appears uncommunicative
  • Overreacting to noises in environment
  • Peculiar appearance, behaviour or speech
  • Risk-taking behaviour
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Expresses threat to harm self or others
  • Sleep problems (too much or too little)
  • Nightmares
  • Re-enactment of a traumatic event in play
  • Lots of worries
  • Out of control behaviour
  • Bed-wetting
  • Frequent tantrums
  • Not wanting to go to school or infrequent attendance
  • Persistent headaches or other aches
  • Failure to thrive
  • Very clingy behaviour
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