‘More than 80% of patients with mental disorders are still not seeking treatment’

More than 80% of patients with mental disorders are still not seeking treatment

Over 300 delegates from region attending 43rd Annual Conference of North Zone Indian Psychiatric Society

The Voice of Chandigarh News | Photos By T S Bedi

More than 80 percent of patients with mental disorders are still not seeking treatment. While speaking at the inaugural ceremony of two-day Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society- North Zone, Dr. BS Chavan, Director Principal GMCH cum Chairman Organizing Committee, said, mental health disorders especially depression and substance use disorders are amongst the top 10 causes of disability in low and middle income countries.

Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector-32, Chandigarh, is organising a two-day Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society- North Zone. On the inaugural day Dr Ajit Bhide, President, Indian Psychiatric Society was the Chief Guest.  The conference was attended by over 300 delegates from the states of JK, HP, Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi, Rajasthan and Chandigarh. Dr. BS Chavan, Director Principal GMCH cum Chairman Organizing Committee while welcoming the delegates emphasized on the importance of the theme of the conference: “Promotion of Mental Health: Challenges and Prospects”.

While sharing the findings of the recently completed National Mental Health Survey in 12 states of India including Punjab, he expressed his concern over the rising prevalence of Mental Health Disorders in our country which is to the tune of 14 %. This basically means that every 6th person who is more than 18 years of age has a diagnosable mental illness. Over the last 10 years, there is about 26 % increase in the number of cases who are seeking treatment from Dept of Psychiatry GMCH.

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