January 30, 2009
Gaza 2008 © Frederic Sautereau/Oeil Public
While many wounded people still require medical care, particularly surgical procedures or post-operative care, the population in the Gaza Strip is also in need of social and psychological assistance.
Psychological effects of the insecurity
Everyone in Gaza was exposed to the insecurity during the Israeli army's incursion, as there was no safe place nor any possibility of escape. “It is too early to evaluate the psychological impact of the latest bombings and fighting. For the moment, the psychological effects are normal given the period of intense insecurity they have endured,” said Angels Mairal, coordinator of MSF psychosocial programs. “Nightmares, insomnia, weight loss, irritability, poor concentration, hyper vigilance, or psychosomatic signs like headaches and stomach pains often occur after periods of high stress. If these persist more than one month they may be considered symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or another psychological disorder.”
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