Massive rise in mental health awareness in India, says report Apr 05, 2019 0 408 12345 IANSNew DelhiWhile mental health has often remained a widely ignored topic and a taboo in the Indian society, a new report shows over 80 percent rise in the number of people seeking help for mental health issues, especially in tier-2 cities.According to domestic digital healthcare platform Practo’s annual healthcare map, there has been 82 percent increase in the appointments with psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists in tier-2 cities -- Indore, Kanpur, Nagpur, Jaipur, Vishakapatnam, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad and Patna.People in these cities sought help mostly for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), marriage counselling, stress, de-addiction and anger management among others.“It is a common belief that mental issues are mainly arising in metro cities owing to the stressful lifestyles. However, the non-metro cities are also in immediate need for access to mental healthcare,” Aparna Mahesh, psychotherapist at Practo, told IANS.“The sharp increase in the number of physical appointments with psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists in these towns and cities clearly indicates that Indians beyond metros are seeking timely help to address their concerns rather than ignoring or self-medicating,” Mahesh added.In tier-1 cities -- Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad -- a 24 percent increase was seen in the appointments with psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists. A World Health Organisation (WHO) report states that 7.5 percent of the Indian population suffers from some form of mental concern or disorder. “This indicates that unhealthy lifestyle habits, long working hours and work-life imbalance are taking a toll on people and their mental health,” the Practo report said.Further, it was found that Indians visited their doctors 3.2 times a year in 2018, up from 2.7 times in 2017. Gynaecology, dermatology and paediatrics emerged as top three specialties where most visits occurred. This is, however, lower than Japan where patients visited doctors 13 times or the US where visits to doctors were a little over four times in 2018.The healthcare map, which highlights key consumer healthcare trends, concerns and behaviour, has been compiled from thousands of searches and appointments, by over 13 crore patients, across more than 50 cities and over 250 specialties, in 2018. RELATED ARTICLES Rahul files nomination from Kerala, Cong vows to sweep polls in state Apr 05, 2019 0 1285 Maoist attack on troops in Chhattisgarh kicks up fears for India’s LS polls Apr 05, 2019 0 427 Kerala student set ablaze, dies Apr 05, 2019 0 426 ED grills bizman in AgustaWestland chopper scandal New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday questioned businessman Ratul Puri in the national capital in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal scam, the agency said. The questioning is going .. Fake accounts spreading political bias on Facebook and WhatsApp IANS New Delhi Barely a week away from when the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls, the fake news factories on Facebook and its owned WhatsApp have become active like never before as the social media giant .. Two IAF officers killed in Pulwama road accident IANS Srinagar Two Indian Air Force (IAF) officers were killed and two other officers were injured on Thursday in a road accident in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said. According to .. Singapore seizes record shipment of pangolin scales Singapore: Singaporean authorities made a record seizure of nearly 13 tonnes of pangolin scales worth some $38.7 million, officials said on Thursday, calling it the largest such haul globally in recent years. .. Congo arrests leader wanted over mass rapes Reuters KINSHASA A Congolese rebel leader accused of orchestrating mass rapes and other atrocities has been caught, Democratic Republic of Congo’s army said on Thursday. Masudi Alimasi Kokodiko, leader of the widely ..