Friday, 23 March 2007

Children who have obtained pyschological disorders from the war have little, if any, access to therapy...

If we experience a trauma or bereavement we can be sure that counselling and psychiatric therapy are there to help if we need it. But what if the person you would usually turn to too talk about your problems, sadness or worries are taken away from you and therapy is in short supply? This is the problem Iraqi children face and subsequently pent up anxieties and lack of a strong support system equal psychological disorders.

Dr haidr al Maliki was an army psychiatrist during Saddam Hussein's regime. He has now been asked to open the child psychiatry centre in Ab Ibn Rushed hospital, but says: "I have no training in children, really.I read books and I try to help."

Read his story here:
BBC NEWS Have Your Say My Iraq: Child psychiatrist

He told the BBC: "Most of the children are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, especially those who have been exposed to kidnapping. Most of the children I see are bed wetting. They have very disturbed behaviour or epilepsy. We treat them with simple medication; it is very difficult. Most of the families come here for help and sometimes we can do nothing for them, expect offer support and advice."

If Iraq is going to have a future surely better care should be given to it's future generation. Childhood trauma can often lead to depression and other psychological disorders, such as schizophrenia, in later life so it is essential they are treated whilst young.

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