Pakistan PTSD Recovery
Pakistan, the fifth most populous nation on earth with 242 million citizens, is the land of many great, ancient civilizations. It is ranked among the emerging and growth-leading economies with a large and rapidly-growing middle class.
And yet, it is ranked 49th out of 192 nations on earth for per capita income. Although the gross domestic product per person is $1,538 in 2021 (average), poverty in Pakistan has been recorded by the World Bank at 39.3% using the lower middle-income poverty rate of $3.2 per day, and 78.4% using the upper middle-income poverty rate of $5.5 US per day, for the fiscal year 2020–21. In September 2021, the government stated that 22% of its population lives below the national poverty line set at ₨3030 per month.
Like most nations on earth, it has pockets of poverty and related violence and stress that may lead to trauma and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event, either experiencing it or witnessing it.
Frequent earthquakes, often severe in the north and west and flooding in the Indus Valley in July and August can cause trauma as severe as PTSD.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the suicide rate in Pakistan to be 8.9 deaths per 100,000 people, slightly below the global average of nine.
In the Tharparkar district alone around 115 suicides were reported in 2021.
Tharparkar Photo Source: WikiMedia Commons
PTSD may be an important factor leading to suicides.
The Pakistan PTSD Recovery project reaches out to individuals and groups under stress to provide rapid, evidence-based Transcendental Meditation for those in need.
Dr. Ashok Kumar and Bhori Bai who direct offering the TM® program in Pakistan also oversee outreach for PTSD Recovery.
Here are some experiences of Pakistanis overcoming high levels of stress, trauma and PTSD:
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Who are we?
Alliance for PTSD Recovery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to Alliance for PTSD Recovery are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Alliance for PTSD Recovery’s tax identification number is 82-1085349.