After four decades of war, Afghans yearn for mental support

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    Psychologists usually make for unlikely media personalities, but in Afghanistan, a country plagued by war for more than four decades, people are flocking to TV-shows featuring therapists. A national survey shows that more than 84 percent of Afghans have been subject to, or have witnessed, a traumatic event. But even though more than half of the population suffers from psychological distress, there are few professionals to help them. But even if there were, most people would not reach out to them; it’s not part of Afghan culture, with many opting instead to stay silent, or turn to a mullah.

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    Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

    Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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