e is suffering equally from seasickess and homesickness. “Military officers are usually too roud to cry,” said Ma. “Hypnotic sugestion can relax them and help release he pressure. That’s much healthier an suppressing their emotions.” More than 300 members of the eace Ark’s crew recently filled in questionnaire handed out by the medical team. In response to the queson, “What has bothered you most uring the voyage?” key answers such
“seasickness”, “homesickness”, “loss f appetite” and “irritability” cropped p frequently.
Fang Jinxing, a 22-year-old sailor n a Chinese escort ship, underwent ernia surgery on the Peace Ark. n addition to the medical care he ceived during his 10-day stay, Fang as impressed by the psychological ounseling services on offer, includg consultations and psychotherapy ourses. “The hernia had been bothering me r two months. Sometimes it hurt so much that I wasn’t able to do my work. ther members of the crew and my upervisor helped me, but I was still ery frustrated because I really wanted do a good job,” he said. “I tried hard keep going, but in the end I was uck in my cabin, doing nothing but ing on my bed. It was like a double tack; physical and mental.” It was the first time he had received eatment via hypnosis; after the first ssion he didn’t want to open his eyes ecause, “The feeling was so comfortble and relaxing.”
The young sailor felt the time he’d pent aboard the Peace Ark had been ghly beneficial. “I’m recovering well om the surgery and feeling much etter,” he said. “I think I’m ready to turn to my ship.” Colonel Hoff, a general surgeon board the Van Speyk, an escort ship om the Netherlands, said that while s ship’s complement doesn’t include psychologist, it does include a priest, ho provides emotional support to oth Christians and non-believers. owever, members of the crew often sit psychotherapists when back on ry land and the navy has a welleveloped support service, he said. ontact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Zhenhua contributed to this story.