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.

Of these, 1.6 million adults (41 percent) in the valley are living with symptoms of depression, with 4,15,000 meeting the diagnostic criteria for severe depression.

“An estimated one million adults (26 percent) in the valley are living with significant symptoms of anxiety-related disorders,” said the survey.

The study by the medical humanitarian organisation ‘Médecins Sans Frontières’ or Doctors Without Borders was done in collaboration with the Department of Psychology, Kashmir University, and the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS) in Kerala.

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.

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