Led by Araceli Camargo, Centric Lab have produced a new research report on the relationship between impoverished urban environments and PTSD.

In this report, a team of scientific researchers have offered a detailed and revealing account on the nature, causes and distribution of traumatic experiences in urban settings, as well as identifying the factors that might lead to the subsequent development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a major stress-related psychiatric disorder. Its particular prevalence in vulnerable populations and minorities is also addressed, offering a worrying but salutary account of the current state of affairs, a necessary step for institutions and authorities to follow-up and establish action plans and solutions.

The objective of this report was to use PTSD as a proxy to understand how healthy our relationship is with our habitats, specifically cities.

This report is focusing on PTSD due to its far-reaching symptomatology, consequences and its disproportionate representation within more vulnerable, economically deprived urban populations. 

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“The impact of PTSD symptomatology on an individual and their extended social-networks quality of life can be highly detrimental; increasing treatment complexity for the former, and the risk of developing PTSD later in life for the latter. These qualities highlight the disorders salience, particularly when devising mitigations related to poverty and homelessness. 

“PTSD has mainly been associated with veterans, war, or disastrous weather events. However, current research on PTSD outside of these extreme events suggests that civilian-related trauma exposure also acts as a salient catalyst for the disorder. 

“This research will be seen under the lens of climate change, because climate change will displace 140-150 million people, which will increase poverty, trauma, and homelessness. Secondly, this displacement will put even more pressure on already vulnerable city infrastructure, making cities harsher environments for human life.

“Thank you to the team; Elahi Hossain, Sarah Aliko, Josh Artus, Dr. Guillaume Dezecache, Dr. Emma Vilarem, and Victor Kovalets.”

Araceli Camargo, Lead Author.

Contact Araceli on araceli@thecentriclab.com to find out more on this piece of research and what it means to creating healthy habitats for humans.