Paul Fadden’s Kashmir Experience: Sad Tale

In the starting, Kashmir did not seem to be the most life endangering place on the Earth for British alternative Therapist, Paul Fadden, when he made his arrival in Srinagar on a cold, soggy November afternoon in the year 2009.

But deadly consequences of the quarrel, in the form of speedy and epidemic deterioration of mental health, soon became obvious to him in the six weeks that he was there, to treat patients at the Psychiatric Diseases Hospital.

While he was staying in Kashmir, Fadden gave Reiki to mental health patients, 90% of whom had lost a close relative.

Quite a lot of others had seen someone other people die; a lot of them suffered from the midnight-knock syndrome, a terror branching from constant pre-dawn raids by security forces.

Almost all or most of them had been on high doses of medication for up to 15 years. They were the kind people, who had been weighed down by the weight of their experiences, their lives tattered by the disagreement, says Fadden.

Amsterdam-based Médecins Sans Frontières makes approximation that 33% of Kashmiris suffer from mental distress, which is the highest in the world.

Doctors at the single psychiatric hospital say they would get just one patient each day, when the disagreement started in 1989. Five years on, there was a 300 % increase in that number.