Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: Around 10 per cent of the country’s population suffers with mental disorders like depression, high stress, anxiety and about two per cent of them have serious problems, resulting in admission and intensive treatment, said Government Hospital for Mental Care, Visakhapatnam, Superintendent Dr. G. Bhagya Rao, on Thursday.

Improving mental health, particularly of those who face high stress and are vulnerable to psychiatric disorders, is very important, he said addressing the mental health week celebrations in the hospital.

Mental health is as important as physical health, he said and added that in the country treating psychiatric patients and rehabilitating them after treatment were taken care of properly. The 300-bedded mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam treats about 60,000 such patients per year and most of them are outpatients.

Visakhapatnam city Police Commissioner N. Sambasiva Rao stressed that mental health is more important than physical health. He regretted that in some recent instances of thefts of motorcycles and mobile phones in the city the culprits turned out to be college students some of them even pursuing professional courses like IT. He advised people to lead a contended life, i.e, live with what you have, instead of trying to make shortcuts for more money.

Andhra Medical College Principal Dr. C.V. Rao said culture and society’s attitude played havoc on the mental health of the people.

Visakhapatnam Psychiatric Society president Dr. N.N. Raju and psychiatry professor Dr. P. Himakar participated.