Cases of mental disorders on the rise in Herat – Pajhwok Afghan News

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): More people with mental illnesses visited health centers in the western province of Herat in the first six months of the current year.

Dr Abdul Qayutm Mohammadi, head of mental health services at the provincial hospital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that in the first six semesters of the year, at least 2,324 people with mental disorders visited health centers.

Nasrin (fictitious name), one of the patients, said that the current economic difficulties and lack of work had caused her to suffer from mental disorders.

Amina, another woman who came to Herat hospital for mental treatment, said the unemployment of her three young sons and the poor economic situation had disrupted her normal balance.

Ali Ahmad Mukhtar, a psychologist based in Herat, has named family conflicts, education deprivation, economic problems, unemployment, forced marriages and restrictions as the main factors behind mental illnesses.

“Staying at home for a long time increases depression and mental disorders in women. These patients need to be busy and motivated,” he stressed.

Maulvi Naeemul Haq Haqqani, director of information and culture, said the main reason for the increase in mental disorders was the conflict of the past four decades in the country.

To reduce the disease, education and awareness programs should be launched for women and young people, he suggested.

At the same time, information from the Public Health Directorate shows that, on average, more than 250 mentally ill patients are referred to the Psychiatry Department of the main provincial hospital on a daily basis.

Doctors say rising unemployment and hopelessness about the future may have contributed to an increase in the number of mentally ill people in the province.


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