Improving access to mental health services in remote areas

While about 10% of the population in India suffers from common mental disorders, only about 15-25% of this receives mental health care. But a small-scale study carried out on approximately 5,000 people living in 30 tribal villages in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh was able to improve the practice of seeking out mental health... Continue Reading →

Counselling for depression: A journey within

Psychotherapy could not be more unlike the many psychometric tests that are administered to evaluate a person’s aptitudes and skills. The process pertains to the acquisition of  the competencies required for a realistic self-appraisal of one’s emotional state of being. It is intended to help a person take charge of himself  through enhanced self-awareness. The... Continue Reading →

Depression: The fault lies in classification

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 300 million people across the world are living with depression. “But that does not mean that all the 300 million people would need medical intervention,” says Vikram Patel from Harvard Medical School and the Delhi-based Public Health Foundation of India. The reason: the current binary classification of... Continue Reading →

People seeking mental healthcare increased six-fold

The proportion of people with depression who sought care increased six-fold from 4.3 to 27.2 per cent in 30 villages in the Amravati district of Vidarbha. The proportion of people who accessed mental healthcare was the same across sex (53 per cent males and 47 per cent females), education, income and religion. As a result,... Continue Reading →

Even lower stress levels can increase risk of cardiovascular deaths, says study

Published in The Hind on August 1, 2012 People suffering from even low, subclinical levels of psychological stress are at an increased risk of death from external causes and cardiovascular diseases, says a study published today (August 1) in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The increased risk of death from both external causes and cardiovascular... Continue Reading →

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