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Mental ailment alarm for Jharkhandi women

Increasing cases of mental illnesses among women in Jharkhand have become a cause of concern for doctors and psychiatrists here.


Records available with Ranchi Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Applied Sciences (Rinpas) show that in six months at least 100 such patients visited the hospital daily seeking counselling.


Amool Ranjan Singh, the head of psychiatry department at Rinpas, said: "The number of mental ailment cases among women is on the rise. It is mainly due to change in lifestyle and as women are finding it increasingly difficult to balance work and home."


A four-year record at the institute shows that there has been a huge increase. In 2001-02, 16,175 women were treated for mental ailments. This figure rose to 39,769 in 2006-07 while in 2007-08 a total of 48,515 came for help. The 2008-09 record stands at 52,000 who were treated for depression and other psychosomatic diseases.


"The rural women coming from towns like Gumla, Pakur, Garhwa and Khunti are mostly labourers who are victims of physical assault, sexual and alcohol abuse while the urban populace come from elite and affluent background and are troubled by impotency, family life and high work pressure," said S.K. Choudhary, an associate professor at the institute.


But Rinpas is doing its bit by organising camps and counselling sessions in villages and cities and distributing free medicines among patients, said Ashok Kumar Nag, the director of Rinpas.


Ranchi, July 14: Telegraph

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