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| Published: December 25, 2015

Kashmir Conflict: Alarming Mental Health Consequences

Nuzhat Firdous

Ph.D. from Department of Psychology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and is Currently working as Lecturer, Govt. Degree College, Ganderbal, Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.025/20150301

DOI: 10.25215/0301.025

ABSTRACT

War damages the very fabric of the society. It not only damages its physical structure but also disrupts its entire social tissue, its environment and the normal routine of life for which people account several reasons. Kashmir has been witnessing a chronic socio-political unrest for the last 2½ decades now. The conflict has had an enormous impact on different aspects of Kashmir’s society. Indeed, there has been a colossal damage to the property and infrastructure; however, its impact can be felt nowhere more than on the mental health of the people of Kashmir. Deliberating upon the human suffering, the conflict has not only left thousands dead and orphaned, unleashed and unmitigated violence on women and children, but the alarming increase in the psychiatric morbidity in general, is among the worst possible forms of suffering. This paper thus attempts to give an up-to-date description of the current mental health scenario and ensuing physiological and behavioural implications among the people of Kashmir. Database for this review included PubMed, medIND, Google scholar, and a number of reputed dailies. The studies reviewed have been published in peer reviewed journals, featuring the socio-political chaos in kashmir and its overall effect on the fate-bitten residents.

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

18.01.025/20150301

10.25215/0301.025

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Published in   Volume 03, Issue 1, October-December, 2015