During war, combatants and other individuals may experience an exacerbation of existing mental health symptoms, as well as the development of new symptoms such as PTSD, ASD, anxiety, and insomnia. These symptoms can impair their ability to cope with the situation and may endanger their health and safety.
To help individuals struggling with mental health difficulties during war, it is important to emphasize that they are not alone and can seek help from professional mental health services. They should be encouraged to stay connected with others and seek support from family, friends, and caregivers.
Treatment options for individuals coping with mental health difficulties during wartime include medication, psychotherapy, counseling, support groups, and non-pharmacological treatments such as relaxation techniques, mindfulness, yoga, and art therapy. It is important for individuals to establish healthy routines and avoid alcohol and drugs, which can worsen their symptoms.
In addition to seeking professional help and adhering to prescribed treatments, some individuals may benefit from genetic testing to determine the most effective and safest medication for their unique genetic profile. This can help to address the challenge of finding the optimal psychiatric treatment for each person.