Impact of Conflict on Mental Health with Psychiatrist Dr Sobia Khateeb

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The constant exposure to graphic images and footage can lead to a phenomenon known as vicarious trauma. Clinical studies have shown that prolonged exposure to violent images can trigger symptoms similar to those experienced by individuals directly involved in war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.
For clinicians, it’s crucial to recognize the potential impact of war-related media consumption on patients’ mental health. Encouraging responsible consumption and providing coping strategies can help mitigate these effects.

 

Dear Readers,

 

Please find below a live recording of Insta session we had with Psychiatrist Dr Sobia Khateeb.

The aim of this emergency session was To talk about the impact of Palestinian Conflict on Mental Health. Gaza has been under siege forever now, but what we witness now is something we’ve never witnessed before. The brutal scale of genocide is horrific and it’s had an impact on so many people’s mental health. I simply cannot put into words the panic and aniexty and fear people are experiencing.
The Ripple Effect of War doesn’t just affect those directly involved; it reverberates through families, communities, and even entire nations. We are witnessing this now.
Civilians, soldiers, and those consuming the war through social media can develop the typical psychological profile of trauma.”
Steve Sugden, MD, HMHI
How War Affects Our Mental Health? 
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that in situations of armed conflict, “Around 10 percent of the people who experience traumatic events will have serious mental health problems, and another 10 percent will develop behavior that will hinder their ability to function effectively.” Depression, anxiety, and psychosomatic problems such as insomnia are the most common effects.
We will be looking at the exposure to war images on our mental health.
The anxiety in the Muslim population.
The impact of war on eating disorders.
Coping mechanisms and strategies.
The constant exposure to graphic images and footage can lead to a phenomenon known as vicarious trauma. Clinical studies have shown that prolonged exposure to violent images can trigger symptoms similar to those experienced by individuals directly involved in war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.
For clinicians, it’s crucial to recognize the potential impact of war-related media consumption on patients’ mental health. Encouraging responsible consumption and providing coping strategies can help mitigate these effects.

 

 

 

In a live session on Instagram, “islamandeatingdisorders” hosted a conversation with Psychiatrist

Dr. Sobia Khateeb. The focus of this session was to address the impact of the Palestinian Conflict on people’s mental health.
Key points discussed in the video include:
1. The Mental Health Impact: Dr. Sobia Khateeb likely explained how the ongoing conflict in
Palestine has been affecting the mental health of individuals who live in the region and outside it as
well. This might include the emotional distress, anxiety, and trauma experienced by people.
2. The Need for Awareness: The session aimed to shed light on the importance of recognizing
and addressing the mental health issues that arise in conflict zones. Raising awareness is crucial to
provide support to those affected, and make them pass this period of their life.
3. Resilience and Unity: The statement “This is the time to rise like a phoenix from the ashes”
suggests a message of resilience and strength, emphasizing the need for unity and solidarity during
difficult times.
4. Offer the help: Support mental health initiatives or contribute to efforts aimed at resolving the
conflict. Dr sobia is offering a free consultations for anyone in needs don’t hesitate to DM her on
instagram @psysobiakhateeb.
In summary, this live video likely served as a platform to discuss the mental health challenges faced by individuals in the Palestinian Conflict and encouraged unity and action to address these issues.

 

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