Living in fear as a refugee in the U.S. is terrible for your health
For the past few weeks, the young man's heart has been racing. His hands are sweaty. During the day, he has flashbacks of the world he fled in El Salvador: gang members chasing him, threatening murder. Nightmares of the same scenes disturb his sleep. He's not a patient in my psychiatric practice. Just another young guy studying for his high school equivalency diploma at the Latin American Youth Center in Washington. Like the 4,000 other kids taking classes there, he's been worrying as he watches what the center's chief executive, Lori Kaplan, calls "the big reality show . . . on cable news - and the tweets."