Stockholm Syndrome

Below you will find more information about Stockholm Syndrome from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Stockholm Syndrome and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Stockholm Syndrome comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.


This condition usually seen on people that were abducted, it is psychological response wherein hostages display signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker despite of the danger where the hostage has been placed. This syndrome is also associated to other situations that have similar tensions like battered person syndrome. It was named after the bank robbery that happened in Norrmalmstorg, Stockholm, Sweden where in the people were held hostage from August 23-28, 1973. The syndrome usually affects hostages if the hostage taking took several days.


Most psychiatrists use the diagnostic criteria used in diagnosing PTSD or acute stress disorder to evaluate Stockholm syndrome.


Medications used for PTSD is also used to treat Stockholm syndrome. A combination of medications to help in eliminating short-term sleep disturbance and for longer-term symptoms psychotherapy is done.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms for this syndrome are reported to have the same symptoms with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) like insomnia, general irritability, nightmares, hard up in concentrating, easily startled, feelings of confusion, lack of ability to enjoy experiences that was previously exciting, feeling of distrust towards other people and flashbacks.


If the hostage taking took several days, hostages are most likely to have the syndrome. In some cases, hostage takers communicate with the hostages and when hostage takers show kindness toward the hostages. Sometimes, people who feel helpless will do anything to survive the ordeal.

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