Anna Shilonosova

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‘Those who were besieged were finding it hard to cope with the sleep deprivation and constant levels of tension and alertness.’ A bomb shelter in a metro station in Kharkiv, Ukraine, 28 April. Photograph: Carol Guzy/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock

All four of my grandparents survived the second world war, and all four were scarcely willing to talk about it, having either survived the siege of Leningrad or come back from the frontline wounded. On the rare occasions they did, their memories would leave them devastated.

The lifelong PTSD they experienced was quite possibly one of the reasons I became a psychologist. I wanted to do something to end the vicious circle of trauma, abuse, self-neglect and fear. But during my training, I could never have predicted the way I would be applying my skills a decade later.

On 25 February, the day after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, I volunteered to join several crisis hotlines where psychologists were working to support those affected by the war.…  Seguir leyendo »