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Govt needs to take adequate steps to ensure proper treatment to mentally ill people
About 6.5 per cent of India's population suffers from severe mental illnesses including psychotic depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, mania and schizophrenia.

Around 8 crore people are suffering from serious mental illnesses. These people suffer from depressive thoughts or obsessive and compulsive thoughts or maniac thoughts or schizophrenic thoughts.

They cannot work properly nor can they behave in a civilized manner. They find it extremely difficult to make a living for themselves or their families and are often reduced to the mercy of their relatives. Sometimes, they are reduced to begging.

Many of them cannot go to sleep and most of them also suffer from various sexual disorders including impotency. Their condition is pitiable and mental illness being the worst of all illnesses, they are virtually in hell in this world. They can be treated only by a psychiatrist having an M.D. degree who prescribes them with various medicines and drugs and also refers them to clinical and other such psychologists like psycho-analysts for reforming their behaviour.

Yoga is also recommended but the psychiatrist remains responsible for their overall treatment. The fee charged by private psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and psycho-analysts is prohibitive. So, mostly treatment has to be obtained from Government run free hospitals.

However, the ratio of a psychiatrist to total number of mental patients in India is 1:30,00,000 which is totally inadequate. Also all the drugs prescribed by even the Government psychiatrists are not available in the concerned Government hospital and have to be purchased from chemists at a prohibitive cost.

Since Yoga, which is free, alone is not sufficient for curing the mental patients, Government must undertake adequate steps to deal with the problem of mental health.

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