Psychologist – Pajhwok Afghan News

QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): A psychologist in the northwestern province of Badghis attributes differences and violence in society to mental stress and four decades of conflict in the country, saying social peace is achievable when awareness programs have been launched on the subject.

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Dr Mohammad Anwar, a psychologist at the Drug Rehabilitation Center in Qala-i-Naw, capital of Badghis province, said the four decades of war in the country had affected health. Mental people like some people have had problems with impatience and emotion which has led to violence and major conflict in families and society.

He said research conducted in countries affected by conflict shows that people in those countries after the war suffered from mental problems and from family and social violence.

He says most of his job is counseling and a large number of people with mental illnesses visit him on a daily basis. War, insecurity, economic and psychological problems are the main factors affecting people’s mental health, he said.

Dr Anwar says people with mental illness have negative thoughts, they are impatient, contemptuous of society, which leads to conflict between family members, between families, ethnicities and villages which disturbs the peace. social.

“If the cause of this violence and argument is investigated, we will find that a number of those involved are suffering from psychological problems,” he added.

“Many patients who visit me have serious mental problems due to severe violence, some of them even suffer from insanity and others are addicted to drugs,” he said.

“Violence, whether domestic, ethnic or psychological, has dire consequences. Sometimes violence leads to self-immolation and suicide. Children suffer the most and as a doctor I treat people of all ages, ”said Anwar.

He said launching psychotherapy and public awareness programs on the consequences of violence could help eliminate social violence.

“People should be encouraged to practice peace and tolerance towards one another and to avoid violent acts and behavior, because the only cause of social and family conflicts is impatience and intolerance towards one another.” , did he declare.

He said mosques, TV stations, radio stations and print media were helpful in raising awareness.

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