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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 54-59

The role of war trauma survivors in managing their own mental conditions, Syria civil war as an example

Consultant Psychiatrist, Global Medics, London, UK

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Nadim Almoshmosh
Global Medics, London
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0770.179554

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War trauma leads to a wide range of psychological consequences and disorders that can be quite disabling to individuals and their families. At times of war, existing resources become strained to cope with all demands of trauma sufferers. The survivors' role of managing their own mental conditions becomes highly important and relevant as a way of reducing the resulted suffering. Unfortunately, this role is often ignored or trivialized by all concerned. The self-efficacy and resilience of people are the factors not to be underestimated and should be built upon. Reaching solutions are generally more satisfying and long-lasting when the affected person has taken a positive active part in finding them. Encouraging the use of own resources and experiences and using own problem-solving skills can be all that is needed for survivors to feel enabled. Engaging survivors and focusing on promoting recovery and social inclusion along with the use of self-help skills make them feel more positive about their own conditions. Being more involved, taking even small steps reduces the development of learned helplessness and reduces the psychiatric morbidities.

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