“Mental illness afflicts 10 – 16% of the population in Pakistan; with a large majority of those affected being women”- Dawn News.
This means that around 30 million people are suffering from common psychological and mental disorders in Pakistan. Only about a fifth of which seek mental help from a professional psychologist or psychiatrist.
Psychologists play a key role in understanding how behavioral, biological and social factors influence health and illness. They are trained to perceive how these behavioral and cognitive functions are altered, the factors that contribute to their alteration, and how these dysfunctions are diagnosed and treated.
According to the WHO, only 400 psychiatrists and 5 psychiatric hospitals exist within the entire country for a population exceeding 180 million. This roughly translates to an alarming psychiatrist-to-person ratio of 1 to half a million people.
Major Psychological Disorders
Major psychological disorders noted in Pakistani population are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, insomnia, eating disorders, suicide ideation, avoidant behavior, feelings of despair, helplessness, insecurity, fear and stress.
Why visit a psychologist?
It is not necessary that when you are sick you should consult a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Even for a light discussion or if there is a thought troubling you, you can visit a psychologist.
If you are facing a problem. A problem exists when there is a discrepancy between what you are doing and what you would like to be doing.
If you suffer from anxiety quite often. Typical symptoms are tension, restlessness, fatigue, irritability, sleep disturbance, and difficulty concentrating.
Specific Phobias are also a form of anxiety (although they are sometimes mixed with fear). There are many kinds of phobias, including anxiety about animals, natural events, blood or injury, circumstantial (such as elevators, tunnels, heights, flying, etc.), or germs and illness.
If you have some family conflict. Many family conflicts can best be treated in family therapy because, curiously enough, the family’s own attempts to solve a problem can actually cause new problems.
If you have some work tension and you are unable to cope with the work load.
If you have suddenly developed an anti-social attitude and your friends and family are concerned.
You feel disconnected from previously routine activities.
You’ve suffered a trauma and you can’t stop thinking about it.
You have relationship issues. You can opt for couples counseling.
It can be anything affecting you. All you have to do is to take the first step, consult a psychologist. A psychologist won’t only help you identify the root cause of the mental disturbance but, will also help you to eliminate it from your life.