One Third Of Health Problems Linked To Stress, Anxiety: Experts
Sumaira FH 11 days ago Wed 09th October 2019 | 06:48 PM
One third of the problems presented by patients to doctors are directly or indirectly related to stress and anxiety, said family medicine experts during an awareness session organised by Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU), here on Wednesday
The head of JSMU-Institute of Family Medicine, Professor Marie Andrades, in her introductory remarks pushed for adopting a holistic approach towards the well-being of individuals for achieving health for large populations.
Speaking on the state of mental health in Pakistan, Dr.
Tabinda Ashfaq, Associate Professor Family Medicine at JSMU, said that the number of psychiatrists in Pakistan was significantly low as compared to the rising incidence of mental health issues in the country.
Family physicians are the first point of contact for majority of the patients and the former are managing mental health diseases more frequently because of being accessible to patients, she said.
Dr. Fauzia Akhtar, Assistant Professor Family Medicine JSMU said that it is important for people to know the symptoms and also to know when and where to seek help.
Describing symptoms, she said stress can manifest as headache, anxiety, muscle pain, lack of motivation, upset stomach, sadness, drug or alcohol abuse, fatigue, restlessness, feeling of being overwhelmed and sleep problems.
Badar Sabir Ali, consultant Family Medicine and Psychotherapist, highlighted the importance of practicing mindfulness which can increase the ability to relax, produce a greater enthusiasm for life and improve self-esteem.
Professor Riaz Qureshi of Aga Khan University said that stress can worsen common health problems like headaches, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart issues, skin problems, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
He explained the technique of hypnotherapy as one of the tools used by doctors for reducing stress and anxiety among patients and taught self-relaxation techniques to the audience.
"The situation demands that all healthcare providers must be attentive towards signs of mental health issues in their patients," said Dr. Lubna.
The Vice Chancellor JSMU, Professor S.M. Tariq Rafi, pointed out that the rising incidence of mental health cases and their impact on other conditions is compounding the challenges faced by the country's healthcare sector.
In-charge Continuing Medical Education department at JSMU, Dr Rahat Naz mentioned that World Mental Health Day was being observed in 150 countries since 1992 and had been initiated by World Federation for Mental Health to draw attention towardsmental health issues.