Post-quake depression seen among 32 per cent

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Post-quake depression seen among 32 per cent

24 July, 2016 | Bhawana Pathak | 950 Views | comments

A research has showed 32 per cent of total persons interviewed in three quake-stricken districts to be suffering from depression stoked by the massive earthquake of April 25, 2015.

Feeling blue

Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO Nepal) and International Medical Corps-Kathmandu carried out the survey in Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk and Gorkha – the districts faring the worst in the earthquake.

A total of 513 in the three districts showed signs of depression. Among the total person interviewed, 30.8 per cent were found to be suffering from anxiety while 20.4 per cent were found to have fallen as the victims of drug abuse. 10.9 per cent showed suicidal tendencies and 5.2 per cent were found to be involved in dangerous and risky activities.

Research Chief, Nagendra Luintel, said apart from mental problems, 82.9 per cent were still suffering from fear, 55.8 from insomnia, 32 per cent from anxiety and 31 per cent were suffering from loss of appetite.

At least 60 per cent of the quake victims were still in need of a residence while 41 per cent were seeking stress management and support on psychological problems.

Moreover, 41 per cent were in search of dependable livelihood, 33 per cent were deprived of smooth drinking water supply, 30 per cent suffered from lack of lavatory, 23 per cent from lack of proper sanitation and 23 per cent were suffering from unavailability of regular meal.

The massive 7.6 Richter scale earthquake killed more than 8,000 and displaced around 400,000 in its aftermath.

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