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Navigating Uncertainty and Trauma: Supporting Individuals with Mental Illness During War


Nov 22, 2023

During war, individuals with mental health difficulties may experience a worsening of their existing symptoms or the onset of new disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder (ASD), anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, dissociation, aggression, paranoia and suicidal thoughts. These symptoms can impair their ability to cope with the situation and endanger their health and safety. It is crucial to provide them with emotional and practical support to help them manage their condition. They should seek professional help from mental health services or organizations that specialize in assisting those struggling. Isolation can worsen their condition and increase feelings of loneliness. Therefore, it is recommended for them to surround themselves with family members, friends and caregivers who can provide emotional, practical and financial assistance.

Treatments that may be beneficial include medication to reduce distress and stabilize mood based on diagnosis and symptoms. Patients should consult their psychiatrist or family doctor about the best medication for them and follow the prescription carefully while being aware of side effects and possible interactions. Genetic testing may also be helpful in finding the most effective medication for each individual based on their personal profile. Non-pharmacological treatments such as psychotherapy, counseling, support groups, relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga therapy can help people process emotions and cope with trauma during war times. Additionally maintaining a healthy routine by eating well, getting enough sleep exercise regularly can improve quality of life while avoiding alcohol or drugs which may worsen symptoms or interfere with treatment is crucial

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