45 percent of Adults in Kashmir are living with symptoms of depression: Survey

Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi/Srinagar, May 18 : Around 1.8 million people in Kashmir, accounting for nearly 45 percent of the valley’s adult population, show significant symptoms of mental distress, a survey by ‘Médecins Sans Frontières’ has said.

The survey said nearly one in five(19 percent) adults in Kashmir is living with significant PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) symptoms, representing 7,71,000 individuals, with 2,48,000(6 percent) meeting the diagnostic criteria for PTSD.

“This survey provides, for the first time, an insight into the level of mental distress in all 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley,” says Dr Tambri Housen, MSF’s principal researcher.

He said the data will come in handy to work with key stakeholders and mental health experts to tailor healthcare services to the needs of the Kashmir residents.

The survey covered 5,428 households in 399 villages across 10 districts and was complemented by a series of in-depth focus group discussions.

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