Omar Reda, MD

Omar Reda, who has dedicated almost all of his professional time to giving mental health support to the Libyans since the beginning of the February 2011 Revolution, is however surprisingly optimistic. Here, for Nahla Ink, he answers questions about his new book Journey of Hope, which he is currently promoting across five Libyan cities and towns.

Q. In the book, you speak of the wounded healer. Has writing the book given you catharsis and closure? 

Are Libyans Ready for Therapy?

But in Libya today, in every town and city, there is plenty of walking wounded whose pain is not immediately visible; but whose lives are blighted with a personal misery and unhappiness. When you look closer, there is every case of mild to severe depression, anxiety and panic feelings, unrequited grief from loss, nightmares and flashbacks of trauma – that are all identified psychological disorders. In truth, they don’t even need an expert to recognize the damage.

Libya On The Couch

Under her dangerous captor, she has broken down and cannot deal with the simple day-to-day tasks. When she compares herself to others, she is deeply jealous, as they have built proud kingdoms and taken care of their children and their lands. With fear, trepidation and her heart pounding in her chest, she’s decided to speak her peace before looming death and confide her regrets.