India: ‘1 in 20 people suffer from depression’

Anupriya Patel, the Minister Of State In The Ministry Of Health And Family Welfare in Lok Sabha stated that, Nearly 1 in 40 and 1 in 20 person suffer from past and current depression, respectively and nearly 50 per cent of persons with major depressive disorders reported difficulties in carrying out their daily activities

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  • The prevalence of mental morbidity is high in urban metropolitan areas.
  • Mental disorders are closely linked to both causation and consequences of several non-communicable disorders (NCD). 
  • Nearly 1 in 40 and 1 in 20 people suffer from past and current depression, respectively.
  • Neurosis and stress related disorders affect 3.5 per cent of the population and was reported to be higher among females (nearly twice as much in males). 
  • Data indicate that 0.9 per cent of the survey population was at high risk of suicide.
  • Nearly 50 per cent of persons with major depressive disorders reported difficulties in carrying out their daily activities.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act as we cope with life. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. But, deteriorating mental health is a severe issue in the country.

Last month, President Ram Nath Kovind stated that the country is reeling under the issue of serious mental health epidemic by pointing at the lack of mental health interventions in the country

Dr Sagar Mundada, psychiatrist and youth-wing president, of Indian Medical Association (IMA)-Maharashtra Chapter said, “What Patel stated is a good thing as these things get underplayed. But, the number is much higher. Official figures say that currently, around 6 crore people in India, are suffering from depression. At least, 10 per cent of the population suffers from depression. Majority of them do not get treated and their quality of life gets affected.”

Dr Om Prakash Singh, Assoc Professor, institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) said, “It is a grave concern in the urban metros. Despite, most of the psychiatrists are based there. There is a lack of awareness and inadequate education. Homeless and mentally challenged people are mostly found in the urban areas. Despite we have resources; people cannot reach out due to ignorance. There is also stigma attached to it. It is great that this thing has come up in the Loksabha. As mental health is a neglected subject.”