New Delhi: A national survey has found that mental disorders are becoming a major public health problem in China, with about 17.5 percent of Chinese adults suffering from different forms of the illness. The Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center at Beijing Huilongguan Hospital and five other local institutions on mental disorder research in Zhejiang, Shandong, Qinghai and Gansu provinces conducted the survey, reports China Daily.
"Most people who have mental disorders may not even know it, and some even try to cover it up since they have been looked down upon by society for such a long time," she said. "This kind of situation occurs especially in developing countries, including China," she stated. The survey lasted from 2001 to 2005 and was the third of its kind in China. The previous two were conducted in 1982 and 1993. "Based on statistics from the research, policy makers in the public health sector will know the real reasons why many people with mental disorders have not received treatment in different provinces, such as in Qinghai, where only one hospital can provide treatment for mental disorders," Li said. "Building more hospitals and training more doctors are imminent. "In most other provinces in China, helping people cast away misunderstanding toward mental disorders and getting disorders treated is the future task," she added. ANI
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