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- HOW TO OVER COME NEGATIVE THINKING / PESSIMISM
- MAGNETIC STIMULATION CAN CHANGE LIFE OF MENTALLY ILL…
- DEPRESSION- ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT…
- ROLE OF VITAMINS & MINERALS IN MENTAL ILLNESS…
- RECENT ADVANCES IN TREATMENT OF SCHIZOPHRENIA…
- OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) – ADVANCED CARE IN PUNE…
- NEW GUIDELINES IN TREATMENT OF ANXIETY, PHOBIA & PANIC PROBLEMS…
- PSYCHIATRIC AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CARE CENTER IN PUNE… @ DECCAN.
DR SWAPNIL DESHMUKH CREATING AWARENESS IN NEWS, HIS OPINION PUBLISHED IN RECENT NEWS ARTICLES IN LEADING NEWS PAPERES OF INDIA.Times Of India.Mental health issues on the rise in city14% of the population deals with depression, anxiety and other disorders say psychiatrists
Around 14 per cent of the population in Pune suffers from mental health issues at a given time, say psychiatrists in the city. And this number, they believe, is higher than the normally acceptable incidence of 10 percent. What is alarming though, is that the situation seems to be spreading like an epidemic.
“Nowadays, cases of depression are rising significantly. Besides depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, schizophrenia and bi-polar mood disorders are some of the serious issues that require clinical attention. This 14 per cent does not include issues such as stress and other disorders which are not so serious, but affect the mental health of an individual,” said Dr Swapnil Deshmukh , Secretary, Pune branch of the Indian Psychiatric Society.
Dr Deshmukh added that the numbers might be slightly higher in Pune than in other cities given that the population here is predominantly youngsters and older people, who are at a higher risk of falling prey to these illnesses. “Mental illnesses were common among aged. However over the past few years, it has risen significantly amongst youngsters. The main reasons for this are increasing competition, lack of family support, lack of financial and job security and various addictions. The World Health Organization had issued a notice in 2009-2010 stating that mental health problems are very prevalent in India. Moreover, at the rate with which it is increasing, it would make India the country with the maximum number of depression as well as suicide cases even though China has a larger population,” he said.
On Monday, the Supreme Court (SC) issued a notice to the Central and State governments after a plea by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to seek a country-wide epidemiological survey to identify the magnitude of mental health problems. The SC in 1997 had asked them to monitor three mental health institutions — Ranchi, Agra and Gwalior. The commission extended its scope to the country dividing it into five zones — Northern, Eastern, Southern, Western and Central.
“We found that with changes in lifestyle, mental health issues are on the rise. However, not much attention is paid to them. We are not geared to meet these challenges as we have no infrastructure and not enough healthcare workers in the sector. We do not even have a proper data base though these challenges have increased substantially. From time to time we issued government guidelines as well as suggestions, but nothing much was done about it,” he said.
• MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS IN THE CITY
7% Anxiety and depression 3% Bipolar mood disorder 1% Schizophrenia 89% Stress and other issues
• LACKING HEALTHCARE
1 in 5 people in India live with mental illness There are 5,000mental health professionals 3:10,000 is the ratio of professionals to patients in Pune. ( TIO)
Learn what your partner loves
Biswadeep Ghosh Sep 23, 2011, 12.00am IST
(Learn what your partner…)
The wife loves cooking. What is more, she loves discussing recipes. But, living in a nuclear family has its' disadvantages.
She aspires to talk about food with her hubby, the only presence in her flat. But her man cannot differentiate between cabbage and cauliflower as long as they are not ready for consumption. Shouldn't the husband learn the craft of making food at least to such an extent that he can have a meaningful chat with his wife?
Logically speaking, yes. But the husband might counter the thought by saying that, if he doesn't know how to cook, his wife knows nothing about cricket. The guy, on the other hand, is so besotted with the game that he dreams of dying with a cricket bat in his hand! Whenever he tries to talk to his wife about the merits of watching the game, she reacts with a disinterested 'I don't know why you guys are so obsessed with this game with a bat and a ball.'Consultant psychiatrist Dr Swapnil Deshmukh says, "In a long-term relationship, partners need to adjust to their spouses' likes and dislikes. It is important to try the activity that the partner enjoys. For example, if the husband enjoys watching cricket, and the wife makes an effort to do the same, the couple can connect on a personal level. This makes a lot of difference."
A relationship may not run into earth-shattering problems if the husband and wife pursue completely different interests. But if each of them end favors to experience the passion of the other, life can be a little more beautiful.
Relationships in which the husband and wife have diverse interests are very common. Such relationships can work reasonably well also. But, as Sanjana, a working journalist who is a passionate cook, says, "I would have been so much happier if my husband showed some interest in cooking. He loves to eat. But that is it." Sanjana, on the other hand, has learned the game of football ever since she got married. Today, she knows the names of players from Real Madrid and Manchester United like the proverbial back of her hand. But her hubby continues to be indifferent to the goings on the within the kitchen. That, kind of, saddens her.
Youth more prone, also seek psychiatric help
Monday, Oct 10, 2011, 12:30 IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
Stigma of mental illness stops 90% of people from seeking professional help.
Although more than two lakh people in the city suffer from some form of mental illness, a meagre 10% seek psychiatric treatment, say doctors. This means only one in every 10 patients with mental illness have sought help, a shocking figure that points to the resistance among people to seeking treatment as well as low awareness about mental illnesses.
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, DNA spoke to leading psychiatrists, who said that despite advances in medical science, people are afraid or have reservations to enter a psychiatrist’s clinic.
Agreeing that the younger generation is more open to psychiatric treatment, Dr Swapnil Deshmukh, consultant at Joshi Hospital, said Pune has a large population of migrant students who are quite regular in seeking help. “Even today we get patients who have tried all means of treatment like going to a general practitioner, neurosurgeon and even witch doctors before they walk into or are referred by someone to our clinics. In this group too, it is the younger population that is more proactive in seeking help and a large percentage of practice involves younger patients suffering from stress, anxiety and depression,” he said.
“These students stay out of home and that’s why their emotional support network — family and friends — might not be so strong. That’s why we see a lot of these students seeking help from psychiatrists for stress either due to work, studies or relationship issues,” he said.
He said youngsters do research on the Internet and try to correlate their symptoms with what they read and decide on self-medication. “Unfortunately, it is not so difficult to get drugs, if you so wish, without a prescription. What happens is that in psychiatry there is no readymade formula for medication, unlike other streams where if you have malaria, one type of treatment is given. Our line of treatment depends on various socio-economic, mental and biological factors and this kind of experiment of using the Internet has backfired and I have seen such cases,” he added.