To the 100,000 + killed in Chimpy’s vanity war add untold thousands suffering psychological wounds.
One of Iraq’s top psychiatrists says that more than two years of war, occupation and insurgency have turned the country into possibly the most psychologically damaged place in the world. “Psychologically, it may be the worst affected country in the world,” Dr. Harith Hassan, the former head of Baghdad’s Psychological Research Center, told Reuters news agency last week. “What’s going on is really a catastrophe from a psychological and a societal point of view.”
More than 70 percent of the private clients Hassan sees each week are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a severe anxiety condition, he said. Since the “shock and awe” of the 2003 U.S. bombing, Iraqis have had to deal with occupation by foreign forces, random and widespread death brought about by insurgents, and the growing effects of sectarian tensions.
“Things are getting worse and worse,” he said. “We need to understand what is happening to our national psyche and try to resolve it.”