Besides men, on-going conflict affects children and women as well
The on-going conflict has not only affected men, the women and children, infact, are worst sufferers, believe the experts working on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Kashmir.
A boy from Dalgate was spotted selling boiled eggs in the Polo Ground last summer during a soccer match. He was tall and apparently well built but a rights activist watching the match saw in him what others could not see or feel. According to him, the boy had grown abnormally. An interaction with a leading Psychologist on the sidelines of a seminar in Kashmir University proved his point.
“The conflict has consumed thousands of persons. When a family loses its head, the elder son assumes the role of the head of the family on his own. This causes hormonal changes in him which result, at times, in his abnormal growth,” he said.
Calling the phenomenon pre-mature maturity, the expert compared such abnormal children to a balloon which has been inflated beyond its capacity. “They withstand the pressure for some time but ultimately perish,” he said.
The solution, he said, lies in counseling. “The victims need counseling and solace. The society has to act reasonably. People must never leave a victim’s family especially the widow and kids alone,” he said.
A social worker from Batmaloo rejects the idea of stuffing orphans into prphanages. “The mother is the best guardian. Let the orphan stay with the mother and let the people help the mother instead of donating money to orphanages,” he said adding “living in an orphanage affects the nerves of the children.”
The PTSD cases have registered an alarming increase during the past few decades as per data furnished by the Psychiatric Disease Hospital, Srinagar.
The growing number of the patients has forced the authorities to open a window for such patients in SMHS hospital.