New research has revealed that the emotional health of India’s citizens is at risk from a range of factors.
The latest data, which has been compiled by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), revealed that one in three Indians are at risk of developing anxiety, depression, and dementia.
The data also revealed that, in comparison to other countries, India’s rates of depression and anxiety were higher than the international average.
The survey revealed that only 7% of Indians reported being in a good mood on a daily basis.
A total of 2.5% of Indian adults reported being happy on a day-to-day basis, while 23% reported being unhappy.
The researchers said the findings suggest that social support is a critical factor in the prevention of mental illness.
“It is time to recognize that the psychological and emotional health and well-being of the people is at stake,” the researchers said.
“The prevalence of mental health problems in the country is increasing and it is time for us to change the attitude of society towards them.
The best way to do that is to adopt a more positive and compassionate approach.”
India’s mental health crisisThe survey was carried out between January 2017 and June 2018 and covered almost 9,000 adults aged between 15 and 64.
Of the respondents, 3,400 were aged between 16 and 30, 2,500 were aged over 40 and 1,400 men and women aged over 60.
In a separate survey carried out by the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), 2,400 people were interviewed, of which 2,200 had a diagnosis of depression.
“A large part of our population suffers from depression, anxiety and depression.
But in the absence of treatment, they have no choice but to suffer in silence,” said Dr Jai Ram, the senior psychiatrist for NCMH.”
Our research shows that for most of the population, there is no reliable treatment for their mental health.
The current diagnostic criteria, which include ‘a feeling of emptiness’, ‘loss of interest in activities’, ‘sad mood’, ‘disorderly thoughts’, ‘negative feelings’ and ‘unpredictable emotions’, are a barrier to the rehabilitation of people who are suffering from mental illness,” Dr Ram said.
This study was conducted at the Centre for Psychiatry and Mental Health Research, Mumbai.