Friday, January 28, 2011

More mental illnesses arising from stress in India's urban centers

From The PressTV:

According a study conducted by the Indian council of medical research on urban mental health, stress at work and in social life has resulted in an increase in the number of people suffering from psychiatric illnesses and sub-syndromes of diseases like headache, tension and insomnia.

The survey was conducted across three cities in the country, including Delhi, 8-10% people suffer from psychiatric illnesses like depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, among others. Depression was found to be the most common mental illness as many people mostly the young adults used tranquilizers and sleeping pills to curb depression the study found.

Yet Delhi, where medical facilities are available and there is greater awareness about psychiatric illnesses, only 10-20% receives treatment the survey found. According to experts there is a stigma attached to mental illness and people tend to avoid institutional health facilities available.

Health ministry however is taking measures for the treatment of mental disorders under its National Rural Health Mission, however, the progress seems to be to challenging according to experts.

Experts assume in another 10 years, these problems will escalate further as the lack of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers and clinical psychologists was a big hindrance.