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Navigating Mental Health During Times of War: A Guide to Understanding and Coping with Uncertainty and Trauma, and Offering Support


Nov 22, 2023

What are the mental health symptoms that increase during war?

People with pre-existing mental health conditions may experience worsening of their symptoms or a recurrence of their disorder during times of war. They may also develop new symptoms such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder (ASD), anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, dissociation, aggression, paranoia, suicidal thoughts and behaviors. These symptoms can impair their ability to cope with the situation and endanger their health and safety.

How can we help those dealing with mental hardship during war?

It is crucial to emphasize that people struggling with mental hardship during war are not alone and can seek help – both emotional and practical support. It is recommended that they reach out to professional mental health services or organizations that specialize in helping those facing mental difficulties. It is also important for them to surround themselves with other people who can provide emotional, practical, and financial assistance. Support from families, friends, and caregivers can greatly improve their quality of life.

What treatments can be helpful for people dealing with mental health issues during war?

Medications may be prescribed depending on the diagnosis and symptoms of those with mental difficulties. Non-pharmacological treatments such as psychotherapy, counseling, support groups, relaxation techniques, mindfulness meditation

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