Kuwaiti psychiatrist calls for treating psychological effects of Iraqi invasion


Speaking to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Kuwait University’s psychology professor Dr. Khudher Al-Baroun said such monitoring requires workshops for psychology professionals, namely at health and education ministries, to deal with post traumatic stress relevant to the invasion.


These professionals need to understand how to identify and deal with persons suffering from this disorder, said Al-Baroun who added that such monitoring also requires media campaigns to increase the awareness of parents.


To this day, the invasion has many negative psychological and sociological effects on the Kuwaiti society, which has turned it "into a fertile research field in environmental, political and humanitarian issues," he said.


Studies, he noted, have agreed that being occupied with war preparations had subjected the Kuwaiti society to more psychological stress that affected their behavior, conduct with others and future expectations because of anxiety and nervousness.


When it comes to how people react to this form of stress, he said these reactions differ from one person to another, explaining that some people stumble and fall when dealing with crises, while others emerge from disasters stronger than before.

Loyalty to the nation, recalling the sacrifices of Kuwaitis and implementing awareness in citizens are a must to overcome bruising memories, he said.


Parents transfer fear to their children, meaning if a parent has fears from the invasion, the children will suffer from the same thing, which will affect their behavior, he noted.


Children who witnessed the invasion realize what happened to them, which means they should be allowed to express themselves, and issues relevant to the invasion have to be addressed with utmost transparency and honesty by talking to the child like an adult to avoid conveying false information, concluded Al-Baroun

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