Terrorism and Mental Health: The issue of psychological fragility

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It is rightly said that the world is no longer a safe place to live due to the growing terrorism. According to the U.S. Department of State report, 'Terrorism is premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by sub national groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience.1 A universal medical and public health definition was proposed which is: "The intentional use of violence, real or threatened, against one or more non-combatants and/or those services essential for or protective of their health, resulting in adverse health effects in those immediately affected and their community, ranging from a loss of well-being or security to injury, illness or death .

The terrorist incidents of Pan Am Flight 103, Oklahoma City bombing and attack on World Trade Centre has shaken the mental health of children and adults in United States. The incidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (P T S D) has been recorded to be quite high among adults while children exhibited depressive disorder, separation anxiety disorders, grief reactions as well as P T S D. A survey conducted on 512 participants out of whom 84 had been directly exposed to a terrorist attack and 191 had a family member or friend exposed to such an attack revealed   P T S D among 48 participants, acute stress disorder by one participant and 299 reported depression .

http://www.jpma.org.pk/full_article_text.php?article_id=1837 .

« Last Edit: February 25, 2020, 05:57:22 PM by sr john »
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