Psychological Impacts of War

Nahid Aziz

in Land of the Unconquerable

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520261853
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948990 | DOI:
Psychological Impacts of War

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This chapter addresses the tragic degeneration of women's mental health, a consequence of chronic human rights violations. The process of addressing the mental health of the Afghans, particularly women, has been extremely slow. There is a chronic lack of funding to support mental health activities, including the training of competent mental health professionals. The occurrence of mental health problems among Afghan women is linked with chronic and repeated violations of their human rights. The long history of oppression, gender inequality, and violence of Afghan women's is provided. Mental health is explicitly named as a priority by the Afghan government, specifically in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy. It is argued that depression becomes a major part of women's identity as it involves culturally ordained sadness and low self-esteem. The reconstruction efforts in mental health are then given.

Keywords: mental health; human rights; Afghan women; oppression; gender inequality; violence; Afghan government; National Development Strategy; depression

Chapter.  5552 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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