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In the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, the total number of suicide cases has had a phenomenal increase. Interestingly, the number of females doing suicide is more than males. The latest study conducted by Kashmir doctors at JLNM hospital has revealed that delivering mental health services to people during lockdown is a challenge. Titled ‘Severity of depression, anxiety, and stress among the people of Kashmir, India during COVID-19: An observation from telepsychiatric services’, the 2021 study has been published in Global Psychiatry, an internationally acclaimed medical journal. A total of 293 people in the age bracket of 31-59 years were interviewed during the teleconsultation service. “The majority of participants had severe anxiety (94.2%), moderate depression (42.7%), and 48.5% were experiencing moderate to severe stress,” the study revealed. What went wrong in Kashmir? Did we alter our living patterns? Given that the economy in Kashmir is comparatively high as compared to outside states and the fact the quality we eat and live is also better as compared to many states.
Some observers have also raised concerns about the mental health counselors available in the valley. There is a need felt in community circles about mental health counsel in Kashmir given the increase in the number of cases. A concerning aspect of mental illness is that unlike many physical problems, it affects people evenly across age, gender, and economic status. Even, it has been found that mood disorders and neurotic and stress related disorders occur more commonly in females, whereas men are more likely to indulge in substance abuse and consequently have a higher chance of developing substance abuse disorders and psychotic disorders like schizophrenia.