ISLAMABAD - The ongoing terror wave coupled with ever-increasing inflation is leaving negative impact on health in general as every second Pakistani is suffering from psychological stress and strain. Participants expressed these views at a seminar titled Rising Terrorism in the Country causing Psychological Stress organised by a non-government organisation. It is important to recognise this problem as it carries morbidity, said Executive Director of the NGO, Gulmina Bilal while presiding over the meeting that was also attended by health experts and people from different walks of life. The incidents of violence and terrorism were taking its toll on the mental health of the nation as a whole, therefore government need to take effective steps in this regard, they said. She opined that the government needed to allocate special funds for the mental rehabilitation of people. We do not have national figures on the mental health morbidity in Pakistan as there is no data on the psychological effects on terrorism on the general population, she added. Speakers said that global studies have shown that the direct victims of terrorism develop acute stress disorder, their risk of serious mental illness increases, development of post-traumatic stress. Children being more vulnerable, may develop anxiety and depressive disorders, they said. They were of the view that among the adult population in Pakistan, there is likely possibility of development of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and even psychosis. Authorities need to send special team to war-hit areas including Swat, Bunir and FATA to conduct mental rehabilitation of people, they said. Participants said that to control mental stress after war against terrorism there is dire need to provide modern health facilities to people. The government should take measures to control terrorism, increase mental health budget and priorities mental health in its policies, they added.