Mental Health Crucial For 63% Of Country's Population Below 30 Years

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Mental health crucial for 63% of country's population below 30 years

Mental Health Day 2018 being observed with the theme "Mental Health of Young People" on Wednesday holds particular relevance for Pakistan with 63% of its population below the age of 30 years and 29% between the ages of 15 years to 29 years.

KARACHI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 9th Oct, 2018 ) :Mental Health Day 2018 being observed with the theme "Mental Health of Young People" on Wednesday holds particular relevance for Pakistan with 63% of its population below the age of 30 years and 29% between the ages of 15 years to 29 years.

Psychiatrists talking to APP Tuesday said series of factors has increasingly exposed youth towards mental health condition across the globe and Pakistan is no immune to the scenario.

Unchecked population growth, dwindling attention towards educational and emotional well being of the children, lack of discipline, loosening of family structure, rapid changes in social set-up and deteriorating environmental standards were said to be some of the major factors enhancing vulnerability of people in general to stress related factors and mental health conditions.

"This is definitely a global phenomenon with causes that may vary from country to country," said Dr Farrukh Naqvi, a psychiatrist associated with a private university in the metropolis.

Referring to available data that shows depression as the third commonest disease among the adolescent and suicide being the second leading cause of death among youngsters, he said situation may not be as severe in our country yet can not be cited as irrelevant.

"We can not push facts under the carpet and need to focus on enhancing public accessibility to trained psychotherapists and counsellors," he said.

Dr. Naqvi reiterated that debilitating impact of depression on the affected people as well as on those around them can be well realized through growing intolerance in the society.

Dr. Naheed Wasti supplementing her colleague said depression has emerged as the leading cause of disability worldwide and that it is basically a psychological or emotional disorder that can be further categorized as a mental disorder.

"The very fact that it is also a mental disorder often lead to stigmatization of the sufferer," she said mentioning that improper diagnosis of underlying cause for depression may also hamper proper treatment of the person concerned.

To a query, the two senior professionals said in case of organic the disease can be categorized as mental disorder while environmental factors lead to emotional disorder.

Reiterating that Depression, under all conditions is treatable, they urged better coordination and sense of trust between sufferers and their health-care providers, counselors as well as family members.

Dr Javed Raza supplementing the recommendations by Dr. Naqvi said concerted efforts are also critically needed to bring discipline in the lives of the sufferers and inculcating among them the much needed healthy lifestyle.

"Available data and studies do reveal that sedentary life style, indulgence and preference for calorically dense food, lack of physical activity hold direct impact on mental well being," he said.

Dr Raza emphasized need for a comprehensive approach, at every level, to regulate lives of adolescents who may thus grow as healthy members and emotionally stable citizens of the country.

Seeking mandatory provision for trained psychotherapists and counselors at psychiatry departments functional in public and private facilities, he agreed that there was also dire need to raise the numbers of existent psychiatry hospitals and clinics across the country.

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