Bengaluru, October 25: According to a recent study conducted by National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) located in Bengaluru reveals that depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse are the most common in India and one in 10 Indians are affected by one of these issues.
The National Mental Health Survey was submitted to the Union Health Ministry on World Mental Health Day on October 10. Under the survey, the individuals from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh , Assam and Manipur were studied.
The surveyors came out with shocking data on mental disorders and substance abuse disorders including tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. While most of the people were primarily adults, some teenagers from four states were also surveyed. The sample also includes 52% of women.
It came to light that the prevalence of mental disorders was nearly twice in children living in urban metros that is 13.5 % as compared to rural areas- 6.9%. The situation of adolescents is rather vulnerable especially for those between the age group of 13 and 17 years.
It has come to light that depression is the most common problem among the adults of all age groups. The survey says that one in 20 people in India suffered from depression. In fact, people among the productive age group of 30-49 years are the worst affected.
The survey says that low levels of education and working status are closely interlinked to mental disorders which in turn contribute to impoverishment. Data from the NMHS reveals that mental disorders were significantly higher in households with lesser income, poor education, and limited employment.