Status of mental health in Bangladesh

12 February, 2018 12:00 AM printer

According to Dr. Md. Harunur Rashid who is engaged in a private medial institution, more than 30 per cent of people in Bangladesh are found mentally ill and of them about 16 per cent adult and 18 per cent are children. He shared his views about mental health status of the people in the country with a journalist of the Daily Sun which is summarised below:

Sun: Would you please brief us about the ratio of people, mentally ill in Bangladesh?

Dr. Harunur Rashid: In Bangladesh about 16 per cent adult and 18 percent child are mentally ill.

Sun: Why the cases of mental illness are increasing alarmingly in the country?

Dr. Harunur Rashid: The main cause of mental illness is considered to be the huge abuse of substance. Substances can produce different types of mental illness like depressive disorder, bipolar mood disorder, psychotic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, sexual dysfunction, sleep disorder, dementia and delirium etc. The substance induced other causes are excessive financial pressure, unemployment, excessive internet misuse, lack of morality and frustration.

Sun: Please brief us about the common mental illnesses prevailing in Bangladesh?

Dr. Harunur Rashid: The common mental illnesses in our country are anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, OCD, sleep disorder, sexual dysfunction, acute stress disorder, adjustment disorder, conversion disorder (hysteria) and somatoform disorder. Less common illness include schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder etc. Substance related disorders are increasing day by day.

Sun: How would you describe the symptoms of depression in Bangladesh?