Khalid Haji Ahmed did not dare to return to his job as a language teacher after he survived the terrorist attack on Utøya on 22 July 2011.
- It is the best job to work as a language teacher for children and youth. But after Utøya I do not dare to be responsible for a class in case something similar happens again. I feel no longer confident that I'll be able to protect them, explains Khalid in an interview with NRK.
Khalid Haji Ahmed, photo: private
Khalid explained that when the school bell rings and the students running around to take break time, he relives the panic and chaos of Utøya. However, it is not only the sense of security that were lost for Khalid in Utøya. Khalid's brother, Ismail Haji Ahmed, would never return from the island.
Khalid remembers well the first day Ismail spoke Norwegian to him after they came to Norway from Somalia.
- He said "I called Ismail and I'm thirteen years." So, after two months, he spoke just as well as Norwegian all the other kids here, says Khalid.
Fears of chaos and panic has given Khalid difficulty concentrating. But even though he no longer works as a language teacher in Somali, he finds joy and consolation in politics. Khalid was elected into both the council in Hamar and the county council in Hedmark, and think it's good therapy.
- It helps me to focus on other things, so I do not think so much about what happened on Utøya, explains Khalid told NRK.
Facts about posttraumatic stress disorder - Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to an event that leads to psychological trauma. - Formal diagnostic criteria require that symptoms last more than a month and that they cause significant impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning. - The event may involve the threat of death for themselves or others, or to one's own or others' physical or psychological integrity. - The threat is perceived as overwhelming in relation to the individual's ability to cope with the situation. - As a result of psychological trauma is PTSD rarer and more lasting than that normally seen as acute stress reactions. - Diagnostic symptoms of PTSD include reliving the original trauma through "flashbacks" or nightmare. - The disorder can lead to avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, and increased spenningsnivå- such as problems with sleep, anger, jumpiness and hypervigilance. - There are various forms of treatment of PTSD. Basic advice is common to many interventions in PTSD and includes education and offering safety and support.
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