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Psycho-emotional stress responsible for illness in Chechnya

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GROZNY, December 23 (RIA Novosti) - A Moscow medical commission issued a final diagnosis Friday attributing an illness that has mainly affected children and teenagers in Chechnya to psycho-emotional stress.

Zurab Kikalidze, deputy head of the well-known Serbsky Institute of Forensic Psychiatry, told reporters that the people of the war-torn republic had been living under constant stress in recent years. "Mostly children and teenagers, primarily girls, have been affected by the disease," he said, calling it a "psychological infection."

Kikalidze called for long-term measures to fight the illness. "A concept for the psychological and social rehabilitation of the whole population needs to be drawn up," he said.

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