One in seven people in India suffer from mental disorders, ICMR survey finds – The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: About one in seven people in India suffer from mental disorders of varying severity, according to 2017 data, with depression and anxiety disorders being the most common disorders affecting 45.7 million and 44.9 million people respectively.

This was revealed by the first comprehensive study on the burden of disease due to mental disorders, conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Research shows nearly 19.7 million people suffered from some form of mental disorder, including depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, idiopathic developmental intellectual disability, conduct disorder and autism .

“We found that depression is higher in older people, which has important implications for India’s aging population,” said Balram Bhargav, chief executive of ICMR.

“The prevalence of mental disorders doubled between 1990 and 2017. To understand the burden of mental health, we studied all available data in India to bring this state-specific scientific paper on mental health,” Lalit said. Dandona, Director, India State Burden of Disease Initiative.

Rajesh Sagar, the study’s lead author and professor of psychiatry at AIIMS, highlighted the need to improve mental health services, raise awareness, eliminate social stigma and generate access to treatment. .

Disease burden

The study was published in the latest issue of The Lancet Psychiatry as part of the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative of ICMR and PHFI.

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