During times of war, people with mental health difficulties may experience a worsening or recurrence of their symptoms or develop new ones such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder (ASD), anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, dissociation, aggression, paranoia, suicidal thoughts and behaviors. These symptoms can impair their ability to cope with the situation and put them at risk for their health and safety.
It is essential to emphasize that people dealing with mental hardship during war are not alone and can receive help – emotional and practical support. They should be encouraged to seek professional help from mental health services or organizations specializing in helping those struggling. It is also crucial to surround themselves with other people as isolation can worsen their condition and intensify feelings of loneliness. It is recommended to seek support from family members, friends, caregivers who can provide emotional, practical and financial assistance.
Treatments that may help include medication depending on diagnosis and symptoms. A genetic test analyzing DNA can aid in finding the most effective and safe psychiatric treatment for each person’s personal profile. Non-pharmacological treatments such as psychotherapy, counseling, support groups, relaxation techniques, mindfulness meditation, yoga art therapy music therapy animal therapy among others can help process emotions deal with trauma reduce stress improve self-esteem quality of life maintain a regular routine of eating well getting enough sleep exercising relaxing avoiding alcohol drugs that may worsen symptoms interfere treatment.