Anxiety,depression bog down Mumbaikars, kills happiness!!

(ARTICLE BY - Malathy Iyer FROM TIMES OF INDIA - EDITION 15/09/2013)

Mental Illness Is A Cause For Misery,Says UN Report 

If you walk on the road,you could be hit by a speeding car.
If you are wearing a gold chain, you could be assaulted.
If the rupee doesnt improve, your EMIs could touch the roof.
Such constant, daily anxieties could be making Mumbai a sicker and unhappy place to live in.
Its not only the recent spate of rapes, murders and assaults; its the underlying mental health problems - be it anxieties or depression, that are making Mumbaikars uneasy.

The newly released United Nations Happiness Report underlines this overall picture of misery.
India has been ranked 111th among 156 nations in the happiness survey.
The UN report has, for the first time, spelt out the rising burden of mental health as the major contributor to unhappiness.
Mental illness is a highly influential and in the countries we have assessed, the single biggest determinant of misery, said the UN Happiness Report,adding that 10% of the worlds population at any one time is either depressed or suffering from anxiety disorders.

Mumbai is the scene of chronic disaster syndrome, says psychiatrists.
Women no longer feel safe on roads. Earlier it was random reports about accidents but today reports about suicides, thefts, murder and rapes that increase the terror in the mind. 
Experts said the numbers in Mumbai could be higher at 12% given the daily stressors like the wait at railway stations, the queue for rickshaws, the lack of pavements, the overcrowding are all known to trigger anxiety disorders.

Stress and anxiety increase as the reading on a fast moving car's speedometer. 
When peace is destroyed, happiness is reduced and stress increases.
Worse,this triggers anxiety, confirmed psychiatrists. 

A leading psychiatrist in South Mumbai, mentioned that city's creaking infrastructure, high corruption factor, job stress and lack of security are even affecting the mental health of higher economic class. In lower-resource settings, the situation is considerably worse.

There is overall frustration levels coupled with decreasing wealth is destroying the happiness of the city.

The commonest causes for loss of effective manpower hours include five psychiatric reasons such as depression, anxiety disorder, alcoholism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

In India,it is worsened by the fact that there are an enormous number of people who need mental health interventions but a fraction of people seek help says the WHO report. 


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