People who live in crisis zones suffer from mental health conditions

Mental Illness

WHO is the biggest organization in the world who deals with health-related problems. WHO stands for World Health Organization which make acts related to health and makes sure to make the world a better place. Recently World Health Organization released some data which showed that one out five people suffer from mental health problems. The data revealed the figures which were more than expected as according to the report published in 2016 conveyed that 16 people in conflict zones were suffering from mental health problems.

By this year the figures were out of the charts as the 129 studies which were conducted from 2016 showed that 45 studies have not been included in estimates before. It was also revealed that more than 22% of people who reside in critical conflict zones were suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. The study by WHO was published in in the Lancet medical journal. Due to the age effect, women get affected easily compared to men. In about 9% of the population, the mental disorder is moderate to severe.

In 13%, it is mild. “Although the clinical significance of mild mental disorders in emergencies can be contested, the clinical needs of people with severe mental disorders are too often neglected,” says the paper, which calls for more resources to be directed into mental healthcare in conflict zones. “Mental healthcare must be prioritized in countries affected by conflict, not least for the well-established links between mental health, functioning and country development.” It has been seen in the past couple of years that the conflicts have risen up in 2016 and the numbers are 53 in 37 countries.

The paper also conveyed that more than 12% of the world’s population was living in the conflict zone in which 69 million people were forced to live in violence. There are major humanitarian crises brought about by conflict in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Fiona Charlson of the University of Queensland, Australia, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in the US, who was the lead author of the study, said: “I am confident that our study provides the most accurate estimates available today of the prevalence of mental health conditions in areas of conflict.” “Estimates from previous studies have been inconsistent, with some finding inconceivably low or high rates.” The data is not easy to collect according to the researchers as the data of psychosis, and alcohol disorders were not included in the paper.

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