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After 15 Years of War, Afghans Struggling with Mental Health Issues Have Few Psychologists to Turn to

August 18, 2016

(Associated Press) – After almost 40 years of conflict and crisis, experts say the vast majority of the Afghan population suffers from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder, yet arcane societal attitudes on mental health are holding back many from seeking help. Hundreds of psychologists have been trained over the past decade to work at clinics across the country, many funded by foreign donors – but the stigma associated with “being crazy” remains a barrier.

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