The independent psychiatric hospital in Afghanistan has revealed the mental health crisis caused by the war.
Nearly 40 years of violence are driving the country’s growing mental health crisis.
While there is no accurate data on precise health problems in Afghanistan, the world health organization estimates that more than one million afghans suffer from depression and more than 1.2 million suffer from anxiety disorders. The world health organization says the real number may be much higher. Mental health charges mark the hidden consequences of war, often obscured by bombing buildings and loss of life.
There is only one highly secure psychiatric facility in Afghanistan, and many patients are often trapped and composed. The BBC correspondent sahar said, red crescent safety psychiatric institutions holding nearly 300 is considered to be “the most dangerous”, the patient they are the country’s third largest city of herat.
Here ‘s a Now’ s Lisa Mullins said, although some patients in the hospital showed mental health problems in childhood, but “because of Afghanistan’s recent history, they developed a psychological problems during the war, so most people are actually there.
There are several treatment options for those with mental health problems in Afghanistan, according to the world health organization. The government has recently stepped up efforts to train and recruit mental health professionals, but there are still treatment barriers, such as cultural stigma around mental illness.
“The world health organization on behalf of Dr Richard Peeperkorn in Afghanistan last year, said in a statement:” an urgent need to increase investment, to support the mental health interventions in Afghanistan, to ensure that provide support for people with mental disorders. “We need to treat mental health with the urgency it deserves.”
Zand says some people at the red crescent psychiatric hospital say they shouldn’t even be there, but they still exist because they lack adequate outpatient mental health services.
“I’m not crazy, I’m healthy,” one woman told Zand. “What did I do in this asylum? It’s terrible. I beg you to let me get out of here.
Zand says once patients get enough treatment, it’s hard to get into a hospital, but it’s harder to leave. Many patients have been trapped in hospitals because their families have been killed or immigrated to neighboring countries, such as Iraq and Pakistan. According to the world bank, more than 2.5 million refugees worldwide are from Afghanistan, the second largest in Syria.
Zand said: “even now thinking about it – it still makes my spine tremble – in fact, some of the patients there have actually recovered.” “As long as they take drugs, they will no longer pose a threat to society… But when these patients get out of the hospital, someone needs to pick them up.
Therefore, patients with serious psychological problems, such as psychosis, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder, can flourish outside the hospital, “basically a permanent stay in there,” she said.
Zand says there are former terrorists, militants and other people who have lost their families in the conflict. They come from different classes, but most of them are directly caused by war.
In an outdoor courtyard, zander meets two men tied together: a former taliban fighter and his enemy, a former mujahideen. She said the two were tied together because of their illness.
Zand said: “no matter who you are, from where, your religious beliefs, ideology, race, whatever it is, the war is ugly, it not only destroyed buildings or body. “It’s going to have a long-term impact on people’s thinking, and it’s going to be inherited, and it’s going to actually have a very long-term, terrible impact.”