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Most of Afghans affected mental diseases during past wars

(Last Updated On: November 24, 2015)


Afghanistan ministry of Public Health in cooperation with international institutions launched a research in several districts of Badakhshan that indicates the main cause of mental diseases is social instability.

According to the new research by ministry of Public Health, depression and anxiety which are serious mental illnesses exist among the citizens in a high degree.

The new findings of ministry of Health research shows that 72 percent of affected people to depression are women and 60 percent of affected people to anxiety are men in Afghanistan.

“Most of Afghan people suffer mental disease that maximum of them are women,” said Atuallah Sayed Zai, head of assessment and information of Health ministry.

The new research by ministry of Health and in cooperation of Agha Khan institution reveals some results which are as follows:

Around 94 % of people under studying in districts agreed that mental illnesses is curable.

88 % of respondents have found that the use of drugs and alcohol are the most common cause of depression.

68 % of people rejected that the main cause of mental diseases is superstition.

60 % of people consider the rights of mental patients are equal to the ordinary citizens while this group was 48 % under control.

In the meantime, officials in ministry of Public Health are said to consider that more than 50 percent of people suffer only one problem but also consider that 20 percent of Afghan people are affected to mental diseases.

The wars in Afghanistan is the longest combat operations since Vietnam and it continues destroying lives, due to the direct consequences of violence and the war-induced breakdown of public health, security, and infrastructure.

About 92,000 people have been killed in the Afghanistan war since 2001. As of January 2015, more than 26,000 civilians are estimated to have died violent deaths as a result of the war.


Reported by Ali Asghari




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