“In a country which suffered a 15-year-war up to 1990, explosions trigger trauma,” explained Concern Lebanon Country Director Catherine Whybrow.
Lebanon’s recent history combined with this explosion creates a mental health challenge for hundreds of thousands of Beirutis, including an estimated 80,000 children. While many affected by the blast may not have sustained physical injuries, the long-term effects of explosions are shown to include post-traumatic stress disorder.
Left untreated, PTSD from these experiences could lead to chronic conditions including anxiety, depression, or addiction, as well as negative coping mechanisms. In turn, these conditions can seriously limit a person’s potential or quality of life.