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1 in 7 Indians suffered from mental disorders, study

By: Team Ifairer | Posted: 23-12-2019
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About 197 million people, roughly one in seven Indians, suffered from mental disorders of varying severity in 2017. These include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, idiopathic developmental intellectual disability, conduct disorders, and autism. Depression and anxiety disorders are the commonest mental disorders in India, with each affecting 45-46 million people. Their prevalence is increasing across India and is relatively higher in the southern states and in females. The contribution of mental disorders to the total disease burden has doubled between 1990 and 2017. These are some of the findings of the first comprehensive estimates of disease burden due to mental disorders and their trends in every state of India from 1990 published in The Lancet Psychiatry by the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative.

Prof Rajesh Sagar, Professor, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and the lead author of the paper said, "Mental illnesses contribute significantly to the burden of disease in India as reported by this study. There is an urgent need to strengthen mental health services, integrate these with general healthcare, and remove barriers such as stigma and access to treatment. It is time to act at all levels with all stakeholders to bring mental health at the forefront to reduce the burden. An interesting finding revealed by this study is the slower pace of improvement in the burden of childhood mental disorders such as developmental intellectual disability and conduct disorder in the less developed states of the country which should be examined."
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