Psychosocial Assessment of the War Affected Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka: Distress and Growth Post-War
by Ramila Usoof-Thowfeek
This assessment found that as of 2017 there are significant numbers of individuals still suffering with psychological distress and disorders in Northern and Eastern Provinces, but the health and counselling services were unable to provide them effective interventions for mitigating their ailments. Significant among the forms of psychological distress and disorders are PTSD, depression, and anxiety. In many communities, emotional disturbances were witnessed, which prevent the individuals from forming strong attachments. The developments in post-war period such as the rising debt problem, alcoholism and family breakdown served to further aggravate the psychosocial stress and retard the post-war recovery process.