J-K: Firing in border areas giving rise to psychiatric diseases

Some studies show that eight per cent of the population in the conflict area suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

By: PTI | Jammu | Published: November 20, 2016 10:16 am
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Nine-year-old Khusbhoo, haunted by the memories of the horrific day when six persons of her village were killed in cross-border firing by Pakistani troops, has not slept a wink for the last 18 days. On November 1, she saw her family having a close shave as bullets and shells rained down on her village in Samba district. This shocking scene is etched in her memory.

“She is unable to sleep and cries most of the time. She has lost appetite too. She gets out of her bed in the middle of the night and starts running toward the door, crying,” her mother said.

The girl’s family initially thought her condition will improve over time, but she showed no signs of recovery. Later, her mother was advised to take her to Psychiatric Disease Hospital in Jammu.

Rakesh Banal, who is treating Khushboo, said the cross-border firing was severely affecting the mental health of those residing in border areas that witness death and destruction.

“People who witness life-threatening events, suffer injury, subjected to sexual violence or are related to victims, suffer from psychiatric disorders,” he said.

Mukesh (32), a resident of R S Pura sector, is also undergoing treatment at the hospital. He complains of insomnia and rapid heart rate. “I cannot sleep. On hearing a sound, my heart rate increases. The doctors are treating me for stress and anxiety,” he said.

Some studies show that eight per cent of the population in the conflict area suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Jagadish Thappa, former head of Psychiatric Disease Hospital, Jammu, said, “There has been an increase in the number of patients, especially from the border areas, who suffer from psychiatric diseases.

“If children see violence, firing, they are most likely to play with toy guns. It is a psychiatric disorder. And, I have seen that in Kashmir,” he said.

“We get patients who complain of anxiety, panic attacks, palpitation, irritability, loss of appetite, sleep disturbance etc,” the doctor said.

The diseases can be cured if the patient gets medical attention before the symptoms worsen, Thappa said.

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  1. M
    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:08 am
    1000 cuts by stan has been hiked to 10,000 cuts !
    1. Andy Kadir-Buxton
      Nov 21, 2016 at 6:40 am
      I once worked with a Vicar's wife who used prosution as a means to put lead on the village church roof, it was traumatic working with her, and things came to a head when she tried to expose herself to me while having an STD, the smell was so bad that I could not eat fish for decades, and every time I tried to she came back to me in my memories. Then came an epiphany. I was trying to open a combination lock while doing pelvic floor exercises, counting for pelvic floor exercises, and started to think of something else as well. What happened next was that I managed to delete my memory of the combination lock code. It got me to thinking that I might have a do it yourself treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, my Brain Washing Method does do this, but you need someone else to help. However, using my new method I did manage to keep at bay all thoughts of the Vicar's wife while eating fish, I have done so by doing pelvic floor exercises, counting backwards from 100 in 7s, and imagining a red square based pyramid in my mind, all at the same time, while eating fish. I can now eat fish without being haunted by the harridan. This method seems to work for a singular incident such as I had problems with, it does not seem to deal with numerous incidents, such as battlefield memories and I suggest my Brain Washing Method mentioned above should be used instead, and using my Insomnia Cures so that you are not constantly woken up by "the dreams."