The violence engulfing Iraq is having a terrible effect on the mental health of ordinary people there, especially children, says a new report released by the Association of Iraqi Psychologists (AIP).
They interviewed 2,000 Iraqis across the country and found that mental health problems were widespread. Some 60 percent of those interviewed reported panic attacks caused by the violence.
“These psychological symptoms among the population could bring disastrous consequences in their present and future lives,” said AIP vice president Ala’a al-Sahaddi. Aid organisations in Iraq have highlighted the traumatic psychological effects suffered by the thousands of children who have lost limbs due to explosions.