A number of Afghan women have contracted mental illness due to homelessness, unemployment and fear of the Taliban. Some of these women even consider suicide to escape problems.
Sajeda, a 34 years old woman, is a pseudonym name of an airline company employee who has been suffering from a mental illness for four months. Sajeda, who is responsible for providing alimony for her four children and her disabled husband, says that she lost her job when the Taliban government took to power. On the other hand, my husband is also disabled, he cannot work, all the money I had saved during this period were spent and was, I wonder what will happen to my future and how to provide alimony for my four children and my husband. Sometimes I am so stressed out by the pain and suffering that I want to commit suicide.
Zarmina, 22, was a pseudonym for a law student at a Kabul university before the Taliban. “During the five months that the Taliban came and closed the university gates to us, our unhappiness really hurts a lot. So far, I have seen a psychiatrist three times, she said: “I am afraid to sleep at night and suffer from the thought of fate during the day, lest the Taliban, like twenty years ago, do not keep women at home again.” When I see the Taliban impose restrictions on women day by day, I have no hope for the future. Sometimes I want to destroy myself,” said Zarmina, who wants to become a journalist in the future.
Rahima Nasaryar is a student of the Faculty of Engineering. She has 22 years, and it was the last year of her college, but the Taliban have closed the gates of the universities to them.
Rahima’s mother says that once her daughter wanted to kill herself by mouse killer medicine, but I came toward her and stopped her. My daughter is isolated and always cries and says that Rahima wanted to become an engineer and serve the people.
When I think our freedom was taken away by the Taliban and I may never do my job again, I get nervous. I think the world is falling apart and I have lost all my achievements. It is really hard for me,” said Nazia, a resident of Karta -e- Naw, Kabul. “It makes me lose my temper and I feel trapped and waiting for my death.”
Maryam an employee of, a government department, said: “Most women have been fired and their future is unknown, and the fact that their future is unknown has had a negative effect on their thinking and emotions, and has ruined their mood, which is why most women “In this situation, they think of suicide because everyone is worried about their future.”
It has been more than four months since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, and during this time the Taliban have not allowed most women to study and work, and as a result, a number of women have contracted mental illness.
Although there are no accurate statistics on the number of mentally ill people in Taliban-dominated Afghanistan, overcrowding in psychiatric clinics has increased.
Psychiatrists attribute the prevalence of mental illness to unemployment, homelessness, poverty and the loss of women’s 20-year achievements.
Psychiatrists say: “depression causes insomnia and often suicidal thoughts, which is very dangerous.”