Psychologists say that recent attacks that have ripped through the country, especially those in Kabul, have had a tremendous effect on the people psychologically.
According to experts, a huge percentage of the population is extremely stressed and are feeling the effects mentally.
Psychologists have said that to date, government has not drafted any plans to counter this problem in the country – a problem that is rooted in insurgency.
They have also lashed out at government and said after every attack all government does is condemn attacks and send out messages of condolences. This does nothing to ease the public’s stress, they said.
Government also needs to do something to stop the attacks, psychologists said.
“These fights have caused even the security institutions to lose concentration. It means that when they say we cannot or government cannot (prevent attacks), it has a negative effect on them that has caused officials to lose concentration,” Sharafudding Azimi, a psychologist said.
With the recent spike in attacks, especially in Kabul, these residents are now largely following the news closely and insecurity and violence has become a big part of their day.
Psychologists have said that this violence has resulted in a shift in normalcy for the people who now live in fear of the next attack.
“Children, teenagers, elders, women, girls and all witness insecurity. An increase in insecurity has also resulted in people not focusing on their jobs,” Matiullah Nasiri, director of an educational center said.
“Government is not being accountable. They only condemn and denounce from behind cement walls and it does not heal people's pain,” Nayebuddin Ikrami, a political activist said.
The question psychologists are asking now is whether government’s reaction to insurgent attacks has changed?
Speaking earlier on Monday, President Ashraf Ghani said: “Taliban have proved that they even cannot disobey their supporters to preserve their own name and prestige. So, they never can defend Afghan people interests.”
When asked what can government do about helping to relieve stress among the people, Parwiz Kava, a journalist said: “Government can organize music, sport and other events that will help people forget battles and suicide (bombings). In addition to this, government should implement justice and prosecurte in public those who have not done their jobs properly” .