Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) is a condition that develops amongst those who are exposed to deep and severe trauma. If not diagnosed and left to fester untreated, PTSD can morph and mutate into psychologically debilitating illness(es). Being a conflict zone, it is self evident that many people would suffer from PTSD. The problem with trauma is that it is not easily or well recognized by the victim; it takes special and specialist treatment and counseling to actually understand and diagnose trauma and thereby PTSD. In the context of Kashmir, pellet victims injured during the 2016 uprising are at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as the government’s health department has discontinued its rehabilitation plan. This is as alarming as can be given that left unmoored and unattended these victims of trauma are vulnerable to PTSD. In the advanced countries, there are well funded and well established institutionalized mechanisms for dealing with and treating PTSD. Key about treating PTSD and its aftermath is treating the victims through counseling and management techniques, at times, complemented by medication, if need be. That the actual and potential victims of PTSD have been abandoned suggests callousness and insensitivity of the highest order. In fact, instead of abandoning the counseling programs, efforts should have been made to actually expand the scope and remit of program because of the conflict and conflictual conditions in Kashmir. In a study conducted by Medecins Sans Frontiers( Doctors without Borders) , in the recent past, it was observed very strongly that a large percentage of people suffered from mental health issues like depression and many stood vulnerable to this noxious mental disease. But, the infrastructure-soft and hard- for dealing with these kinds of mental disorders is sorely missing in Kashmir. Mental disorders rob individuals from a fuller life and cause stress and debility not only to the victims but also their families. There are visible victims of PTSD and invisible victims given the nature of the disorder. The only way to deal with and combat mental disorders like PTSD and other allied disorders emanating from it is to have robust, well funded and institutionalized mechanisms undergirded by community efforts and support. It is only when a system wide and holistic effort directed at combating PTSD are initiated and instituted that some dent can be made in its prevalence in society. It is about time that a beginning be made to combat his deadly disorder.

 

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