Depression: Health Ministry’s poster draws ire of psychiatrists

A tweet regarding depression posted by the Health Ministry on its twitter account, has generated a backlash from psychiatrist and mental health professionals over the issues

Depression: Health Ministry’s poster draws ire of psychiatrists

Doctors say that suggestions in tweet seem insensitive as it trivialises depression and over-simplifies it. Mental health professionals state that the message of the poster could be misleading. There have been several responses on twitter in regards to this poster.

The poster advised people to go for walks, follow a routine, do yoga, eat fruits, sleep for eight hours and even told people to ‘think positive.’ But, now where was it mentioned in the poster that a person needs to seek help and visit a therapist or counsellor.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra,  Dr Milan Balakrishnan, a psychiatrist from Juno Clinic Mumbai, said, “It’s a good step by the Union Health Ministry to spread awareness about Depression. But, while doing so they have not provided full information. Whatever the government has suggested, for a person who is suffering from depression it is very difficult to practice. They have tried to oversimplify the things.”

He further added, “A person who is suffering from depression does not want to do anything. And the things suggested by the government will not be helpful for a person who is suffering from depression.”

Here are some of the reactions from doctors in the field of mental health: