Week 6 Activity: Psychological trauma in Syria

The civil war in Syria has created a mental health and humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. Schools, shops and hospitals have all been targeted leaving many Syrian refugees traumatized. There is a need for trauma- informed care. “Syria’s war has seen half a million deaths, over 4 million refugees, and some 7 million internally displaced peoples (IDPs).” The trauma does not discriminate by age either, many school-aged children have seen fellow classmates die from schools being bombed. Since hospitals are also being targeted it is difficult for doctors to get into places like Aleppo to provide care. There is also a lot of gender-based violence in Syria. The symptoms of psychological trauma are shock, guilt, self-blame, guilt and feelings of hopelessness. Many children in refugee camps are not returning to school due to PTSD from school bombings.

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  1. Mental health in Syria may seem surprising to others or may not but it is a global health issue surrounding mental health which is one of the major heath issue of 2016.Syrian is been through a lot since the whole ISIS stuff started but just like collateral damage we forgot about the people going through the effects of the harmful events. This is a political ecology because the politics and hate is costing the life of these innocent people’s health and trauma in their life. They would your ethnomedical approach, critical approach and experimental approach to figure how we are going to them to find solutions to PTSD in Syrian people. I know I had friend who came from Syria during war and was okay but few months later he found out that his best friend was dead which lead to depression. An Anthropologist I would like to help the refugees’ with some counselling to help them reflect on the past and look forward for the future and since they are alive and here. Make them realize that they sure full their friends and family who are dead their dreams and their own. Researcher the environment they use to live in and give them better environment not anti-depressions, find a common ground for biomedicine and their cultural.

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