‘Indigestion in the mind’: Passengers on SIA turbulence-hit flight inflicted psychological scars, experts say

NEW DELHI: The psychological impact THE Singapore Airlines the flight he underwent severe turbulence leaving 1 dead has left many survivors dealing with the aftermath, with some expressing reluctance to fly again in the near future. One passenger reported waking up on the floor of the plane to the sounds of crying and the sight of blood, leading to mixed feelings and discomfort.
Flight SA SQ321 from London to Singapore encountered severe turbulence, causing a rapid climb and descent of 400 feet in one minute, resulting in the death of one passenger and injuring at least 30 others.
Mental health experts have highlighted the potential for passenger to develop various psychological conditions after such a traumatic experience.
These can include acute stress disorder (ASD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorders. Dr. Amanda Oh, founder of Budding Space, likened the overwhelming nature of the event to “indigestion in the mind,” emphasizing the difficulty of processing such a unique and troubling situation. ASD symptoms can appear within a month of the incident, while PTSD can persist beyond that time period, affecting an individual’s social functioning and physical well-being.
“For such a unique experience as what the passengers had to go through, it would be an extremely overwhelming experience for anyone,” said Dr Oh.
“For example, if (traumatized individuals) want to cry or talk about it, let them do it,” she added.
To aid in the recovery process, mental health professionals recommend maintaining a healthy lifestyle and engaging in activities that promote bilateral stimulation, such as walking and swimming. Family members can provide support by allowing affected individuals to express their emotions and grief in their own way, fostering a sense of autonomy and control. Dr. Thomas Lee, medical director at Resilienz Clinic, suggests eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as a potential treatment to reduce the impact of traumatic memory.
While the road to recovery can be challenging, mental health experts remain hopeful that with the right support and intervention, those affected by The turbulence in SQ321 can finally overcome the psychological scars left by this terrible experience.
(With data from agencies)

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