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Over 6 Million People in the Country Suffer from Depression

| Navid Ahmed |

More than 4 people out of every 100 are suffering from depression. Experiences like unemployment, mental shock, deprivation, or mourning the death of a loved one, are the reasons behind this mental disorder. The World Health Organization has published this information in a global report.

In total, over 6 million people of Bangladesh suffer from depression, which is 4.1 percent of the total population. In addition 6.9 million people are suffering from tension related complications which is 4.4 percent of the total population, according to a report titled “Depression and Other Mental Disorders: Global Health Estimate” published on February 23. In the report, Bangladesh is in the Southeast Asian region. Though the rates of depressed people in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are equal, Bhutan is ahead by 4.2 percent. India is the leading country in the region with 4.5 percent. On the Periscope Over 6 Million People in the Country Suffer from Depression other hand, East Timor has a much lower depressed people rate, which is 3 percent The Solomon Islands has the lowest depressed people rate of 2.9 percent, while Ukraine has the highest in the world, or 6.3 percent. USA’s Seattle-based organization, Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, has been researching different disease outbreaks around the world since 1990. In the report it is being said that depression is a common disease worldwide. Almost 300 million people around the world are suffering from it. Depression is a major cause of disabilities. Females tend to be affected by this mental disease more than men. The worst thing is that in the final stage of depression many choose the path of suicide.

Mohit Kamal, professor of the National Institute of Mental Health and Hospital, has the experience of treating depressed people for more than two decades. He said, “due to socio-economic reasons people get depressed. Mistrust and distrust can also make people depressed. In some cases it is genetic.” Mohit Kamal also said: “Women who are neglected or deprived by their husbands suffer from depression. In many cases it is the result of an affair. Young people are getting depressed by not doing well in their studies and exams. Those who are busy with television and video games are affected more by depression.” When asked what the symptoms of depression are, Kamal replied that depressed people do not have any pleasure in anything. They don’t have enthusiasm for work. To them the present is disgraceful and the future dark. Many depressed people, especially women have irritation in their bodies. The World Health Organization gives different types of support for effective treatment of depression to its member countries. Mohit Kamal also added that alongside individual treatment, the government should increase investment in the health sector and adequate trained personnel.

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