Several flood victims suffer from physiological disorders

  • Navneet Dubey, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2014 21:16 IST

As the state slowly limps back to normalcy after the devastation caused by the floods, the victims are still finding it hard to start a normal life. Many victims, saved by a whisker are under shock and deep stress. Several of them are suffering with post stress traumatic disorder (PSTD).

For the past few days, around seven patients with the PSTD signs are admitted in the Government Psychiatric Hospital, Jammu.

Physiatrist Dr Rakesh Banal said, "Seven patients with such physiological disorders have come to hospital. Usually one month after the disaster of such magnitude, patients report to hospitals as it takes time to restore connectivity to the far-flung and the worst-affected areas."

On the questions of problems being faced by such victims, Dr Banal said, "Many fear roaming alone and sleeping alone. The nightmare of flooding waters haunt them."

The victims can be rehabilitated through proper physiological treatment, therapies and counseling, said he. "Complete cure depends upon person to person, how one copes with situation," said Bansal.

Stressing on the importance of the physiological treatment in the rehabilitation of flood victims, he said, "The government should not miss the physiological aspect as it can play a major part in providing relief to the flood victims".

Banal advises the victims to stay with family and get relax, proper sleep and diet.

"After 2005 earthquake in south Kashmir, the 48% of the victims were suffering with physiological disorders, but after the physiological treatment the number came down. After five years, the percentage came down to 14", he added.

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