Which Way Men­tal Dis­or­ders?

Pak­istani so­ci­ety needs to ac­cept men­tal dis­or­ders as any other ail­ments that af­fect the hu­man body.

Southasia - - HEALTH PAKISTAN - By Mahrukh Mughal

men­tal dis­or­ders are just like any other ail­ment that af­fects the hu­man body de­spite the fact that the in­ci­dence of men­tal ill­ness has in­creased at a fright­en­ing rate.

Ab­sence of proper health­care fa­cil­i­ties, lack of hos­pi­tals, psy­chi­atric wards, men­tal health prac­ti­tion­ers and psy­chi­a­trists are some fac­tors that have wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion. The peo­ple of Pak­istan are ex­posed to dread­ful sit­u­a­tions that can cause


is suf­fer­ing from mild to mod­er­ate psy­chi­atric ill­nesses. The na­tional out­look re­gard­ing men­tal dis­or­ders needs to be changed to take the is­sue se­ri­ously. Most of the pub­lic sec­tor hos­pi­tals do not get sub­stan­tial funds to run their men­tal health de­part­ments. Of the to­tal health al­lo­ca­tion in the bud­get, only 0.4 per­cent is re­served for men­tal ill­nesses.

The per­sis­tent wave of poverty, bad gov­er­nance, un­em­ploy­ment, ris­ing coun­try for 176 mil­lion pa­tients.

The prob­lem is not limited to Pak­istan. Men­tal ill­ness is rapidly reach­ing the stage of a global epi­demic. While the en­tire pop­u­la­tion of the world is much at risk, the peo­ple of de­vel­op­ing and un­der­de­vel­oped coun­tries are more prone due to a se­vere lack of men­tal health­care fa­cil­i­ties. After heart dis­eases, more peo­ple die of de­pres­sion which is re­garded as ‘the world’s sec­ond largest

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