Wars between Palestine and Israel have occurred frequently. For several years it subsided, suddenly towards the end of this year war between the two countries broke out again. Of course, war has claimed many lives, including women and children.
Often hearing the sound of gun explosions, seeing battles between civilians and the military, seeing people injured and bleeding, even dying in front of their own eyes, being homeless and having difficulty getting food every day are considered to have an effect on a person’s psychological state. especially children.
What are the risks to the health and mentality of children who are witnesses and victims of war? Read more, Beauties.
1. Anxiety, Loneliness, Insecurity
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Reporting from Save the Children, many children have lost friends and family, which can cause high levels of depression and anxiety in children affected by war.
Children no longer get the sense of security that usually comes from parenting because they are separated from their parents or their parents have died. It is also possible that children may always feel stressed and be more reactive when they hear strange sounds such as the sound of airplanes, slamming doors, or exploding fireworks, for example.
This constant state of anxiety can lead to bed-wetting, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, and strained relationships with their loved ones.
Numb/Photo: Pexels/Monstera Production
Children involved in war can become emotionally desensitized and numb, potentially imitating aggressive behavior they have witnessed and assuming that violence is normal.
Aggressive/Photo: Pexels/Keira Burton
Children who grow up in an environment of armed conflict have the potential to behave aggressively, such as fighting, screaming and bullying other children. There are also those who become increasingly withdrawn from the environment as a result of not having a home and a place to play.
4. Likes to Hurt Himself
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Children who try to escape from what they are experiencing and their environment can potentially consume alcohol and illegal drugs to forget the situation they are experiencing in order to feel better. There are also those who even injure themselves and commit suicide.
5. Serious Physical Problems
Serious physical problems/Photo: Pexels/Pavel Danilyuk
Quoted from detikcom, a specialist counseling psychologist at City University of London, Jeeda Al-Hakim, stated that trauma can trigger the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline which can later cause physical health problems such as headaches, stomach aches, lack of sleep and heart palpitations. which is faster.
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