AN ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTANT EFFECTS OF POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER(PTSD) ON PEOPLE LIVING IN ACTIVE-CONFLICT ZONES IN NORTHERN NIGERIA
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The increasing cases of violence in Northern Nigeria as a result of insurgency by the Boko Haram sect as well as the activities of bandits in the region have exposed residents in the area to active conflict. A considerable number of the victims exposed to active conflict in Northern Nigeria have shown symptoms of PTSD. It is for these reasons that this study was conducted to investigate the effect of exposure to active conflict on victims in Northern Nigeria and whether it caused the development and exacerbation of PTSD levels. The absence of social support networks, educational attainment level and level of income were explored as factors that worsened the effects of exposure to active conflict. The experiences of victims living in camps for internally displaced persons and the application of psychosocial interventions, religious activities, and group activities were thoroughly analysed in this research. This study is significant as it reiterates what is already known about the negative relationship between exposure to active conflict and PTSD development. In addition, it provides valuable information on the poor mental healthcare provided for the victims of exposure to active conflict in Northern Nigeria and suggests ways to ameliorate this healthcare gap.