Tears of Ishtar: women's mental health in Iraq
Iraq was the seat of culture, knowledge, and art in the ancient Arab world. In the past few decades, Iraq has dealt with a large share of violence in the region due to three major wars: first the Iraq–Iran War from 1980 to 1988, then the Gulf War in January, 1991, and most recently, the US-led invasion in March, 2003. These conflicts have had a serious effect on women in Iraq, yet mental health services are generally inadequate. According to the WHO-AIMS report1 on mental health systems in Iraq, 44% of psychiatric outpatient visits are by women, and many more women seek help from faith healers or primary care clinics for minor psychological problems.