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Mental Health: Afghanistan
(642 words)

Afghanistan is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, but patriarchal country. Although Islamic ideology influences all spheres of Afghans' lives including their psychological health, cultural ignorance and distortion of Islam cause Afghan women much distress.

While men and women have both suffered huge mental trauma after 23 years of war, rates of depression and anxiety are higher in women as a result of their restriction to domestic roles and a lack of available mental health care. The country currently has only one mental health ce…

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Misdaq, Arian, “Mental Health: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0184a>
First published online: 2009

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