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Rate of depression high among Mumbai residents

Friday, April 12, 2019
By A Staff Reporter

According to the World Federation for Mental Health, 50 percent of people with depression do not receive any treatment

A growing number of people in India’s financial capital are finding themselves in the grip of depression with a lack of social support, unhealthy lifestyles and prevalence of chronic illnesses exacerbating the mental health problem.

Doctors say while rates of depression have increased in recent years due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, the stigma surrounding the subject is preventing a majority of people from getting timely treatment and help.

“Depression is more than just a low mood. It's a serious mental health condition that has an impact on both physical and mental health. The burden of depression cannot be ignored because it can lead to serious complications. There is increasing stress in every aspect of our lives today and lack of social support makes it more difficult for a person to fight against it. The prevalence of depression increases with age and is more common in middle and elderly age group. However, in recent years young people in their 20s and 30s are also reporting the prevalence of depression and image issues. Unhealthy lifestyles and highly stressful work environments are factors that contribute to the increasing burden.
People suffering from chronic illnesses who struggle with long term implications of disease and continuous intake of medication also feel depressed,” said Dr Sagar Karia -  Secretary of Bombay Psychiatric Society and Consultant Psychiatrist, Mulund, Mumbai.

Doctors describe depression as a state of mind in which people experience bad mood, grief, loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed and even suicidal thoughts. Doctors say the risk of depression gets exacerbated by certain life events such as the death of a loved one, relationship issues, physical illness and other problems caused by alcohol and drug use.

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