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More than half a million Iraqis have been killed since invasion

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 19 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:821

Psychological Implications of Iraqi Invasion

Owen Dyer needs to be commended for highlighting the colossal loss (more than half a million) of invaluable human lives after the invasion.
According to the article an estimated 1000 people die everyday. In twenty-first century this sort of huge tragedy is beyond comprehension.

As a practising psychiatrist and psychotherapist, I am struggling to
imagine, with great anxiety and concern, the immense and disastrous
psychological consequences, which can be very confidently attributed to
the invasion. Amidst the extremely chaotic and uncertain daily conditions,
what sort of psychiatric support and help the Iraqi people are receiving
for a huge range of psychiatric problems, including psychotic disorders,
depressive episodes (possibly resulting in unestablished number of
suicides), traumatic stress reactions and bereavement issues? And what
about the mental health of children? Who will take responsibility for
causing long lasting damage to their personalities? There is a view that
Iraqi people were in many ways much better off under the regime of Saddam
Bush and Blair are probably never going to admit about this big blunder.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

23 October 2006
Tanvir Ahmad Rana
Specialist Registrar in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Devon House, 130 Dogpool Lane, Ten Acres, BIrmingham. B30 2XH