Psychology research in recent decades has identified the so-called post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental illness left over from wars, with regard to the psychological effects resulting from them.
With the many areas of conflict in our world today, research has focused on how to protect humans from this disease, and to transform exposure to the trauma of war from a plight to a grant.
What is post-traumatic stress disorder?
These are symptoms that affect a person who has faced serious dangers of death, injury, or witnessing violent acts.
Types of PTSD expanded to include journalists and photographers in conflict zones, as well as psychotherapists and volunteers for what is known as trauma by listening.
Victims differ in showing symptoms of trauma according to their psychological nature. Some develop symptoms of PTSD within hours of surviving, and some develop years later. Symptoms include difficulty getting rid of traumatic memories; He lives the event again and again with all his limbs, which causes him severe nervous pressure, and some suffer from disturbing nightmares and sleep and eating disorders.
The patient is dominated by negative thoughts about himself and others, and an exaggerated pessimistic view of the future. The patient also finds himself isolated from the family and not interested in his favorite activities, with ease of feeling panic, fear, irritability and anger.
Turning adversity into a blessing
Fortunately, there has been research that transforms PTSD from stress to a new point of personality development through community support, which is known as community-based post-traumatic gross.
Dr. Ahmed Abdullah, a consultant psychiatrist, sees human adversities as opportunities to change firm convictions and to network and fruitful cooperation in relief work, and it is a societal challenge that stimulates enthusiasm and ignites positive energies in the field of volunteerism and relief.
With regard to those who are constantly involved in the face of wars and crises, such as relief workers and journalists, “Abdullah” advises them to resist sleep and food disorders by organizing work, taking appropriate amounts of rest and meals as fuel to resume work, and arranging priorities, while following the news without interfering with the crisis.
He also recommended keeping children away from the bombing scenes, but if any of those harsh scenes reached them, it could be an opportunity to talk about the evil of wars and the importance of uniting in front of them.
In the words of the psychological consultant, society is able to turn this ordeal into a grant by lining up, volunteering, and helping people; It turns into a positive life experience that shows the strong side in the personality of each person, and makes him feel important to those around him, instead of being isolated and drowning in his own psychological trauma.