The Fog of War

Afghanistan’s sole high-security psychiatric facility is saddled with the growing mental health fallout of decades of conflict.

The BBC’s Sahar Zand visited the 300-patient Red Crescent Secure Psychiatric Institution, where patients—many former militants—are restrained and sedated.

Over a million Afghans have depressive disorders and over 1.2 million have anxiety disorders, according to the WHO, which considers these numbers a low estimate. The government has ramped up training of mental health professionals to cope with the growing crisis. But the facility is also straining to house patients indefinitely who no longer need treatment, their families killed or among the over 2.5 million Afghan refugees.

NPR’s Here and Now

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