Dhaka - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular mental health issues that tend to crop up at post, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter blues)?

The air quality and movement restrictions require you to be very resilient. Some coworkers fall into a depression or become terrible versions of themselves others are all smiles. You have to be mentally positive and resilient to make it here. This post really highlights people's weaknesses. - Jul 2023

You get three R&Rs for a reason. Take them. - Dec 2021

SAD is not really an issue here. The constant sensory overload from honking horns, pungent body odor, packed streets, unwanted stares and touching, wrong-way driving can be overwhelming. - Jun 2019

In my opinion, a typical tour in Dhaka will entail perpetual affective disorder, depression and social isolation. In my experience, a tour in Dhaka is equivalent to forced confinement in house arrest. While the CLO and others try very hard to do what they can for morale, this is quite honestly the most difficult post I have ever served in throughout a 20+ year career. - Apr 2017

Just the mental health issues that result from being under constant terror threat and being required to live under strict movement restrictions. - Jun 2016

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