During times of war, individuals with pre-existing mental health conditions may experience worsening symptoms or new disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder (ASD), anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, dissociation, aggression, paranoia and suicidal thoughts. These symptoms can impair their ability to cope with the situation and endanger their health and safety. It is crucial to help them understand that they are not alone and can seek emotional and practical support from mental health services or organizations that specialize in assisting those struggling.
It is essential for people dealing with mental hardship during war to stay around other people as isolation can worsen their condition and amplify feelings of loneliness. Family members, friends, and caregivers can provide emotional, practical and financial support to those dealing with mental difficulties. Treatments that may be helpful include medication prescribed by a psychiatrist or family doctor depending on the diagnosis and symptoms. Genetic testing may also help identify the most effective treatment for each individual based on their genetic profile.
There are non-pharmacological treatments available that can help people with mental difficulties cope during wartime. These include psychotherapy, counseling, support groups, relaxation techniques such as mindfulness meditation and yoga therapy. Maintaining a regular routine of eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and avoiding alcohol and drugs is also essential for overall wellbeing during challenging times.