Panic State and War Memories: Interview of Caroline Cordahi-Tabet for Annahar

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Caroline Cordahi-Tabet, Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist at MIND gave an interview for Annahar where she discussed the state of panic that some people are going through due to the current situation and its possible relation with war memories. 
To explain the current state of mind of some people who are rushing to supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, etc… in a state of panic, she focused on the following important ideas:

- People who are in a state of panic due to the current situation, are people who have experienced war, and many studies show that during war and post-war times, people experience anxiety, depression, fear, and post-traumatic stress disorder which revives memories and brings back images and scenes through dreams, nightmares or symbolic things in the present but brings the person back to the past.

-Some people might be rushing to the supermarket, pharmacy, gas station as they are remembering war memories and war traumas and having similar reactions as war times.  

- Reassuring people in difficult situations is surely a challenge, but studies have shown that what helps people most and reassures them during difficult times is maintaining a daily routine and filling their time with activities as well as maintaining sleep times because insomnia increases anxiety.

-Fear of the unknown future and uncertainty plays a big role in increasing anxiety especially among older generations who have lived through war times and who might pass this anxiety to younger generations according to some studies.  

- It is important for parents to preserve a routine for their children and listen to their concerns to avoid future behavioral problems as some studies have shown that during difficult times and high levels of generalized tension that last for long periods, parents are at risk to become very tensed themselves and  lack emotional availability and patience with their children. This, on the long run if it lasts, puts the younger generation at risk to develop short temper, impulsivity and other behavioral problems.

You can check the full interview in Arabic on the following link.

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