Pakistani women suffer from more mental problems than men, losing twice as much disability-adjusted life years to depression than their male counterparts.
“The Burden of Mental Disorders in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 1990-2013,” study was conducted at Washington University by an independent global health research center. The purpose behind the research was to highlight the increasing chronic disorders and escalating worry on mental well-being in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, most prominently Middle Eastern and North African regions including India and Pakistan.
With respect to Pakistan, the study highlighted that more than four percent of the total disease ratio has been the center of mental illness. Moreover, Pakistani women suffer more cases of mental illness and depression.
The report states:
“Women in Pakistan lost nearly 1.2 million total DALYs to depression, compared to men’s more than 495,000 DALYs in 2013. Anxiety exhibits a similar gender divide with women in the country losing over 376,700 total DALYs to anxiety while men lost approximately 212,000 DALYs”.
Co-author of the study and lead epidemiologist Dr. Anwar Rafay stated:
“Mental health disorders are taking an alarming toll on people in Pakistan and throughout the Eastern Mediterranean region. Women – often in the prime of their lives – are losing years of good health to depression, anxiety, and other disorders.
“This is unacceptable and must be addressed by governments, public health experts, and citizens.”
The mentioned research is based on the data found by the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) coordinated by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle, US.