The total population of Pakistan is about 200 mn. Now, one of the top Pakistani parapsychologist, hypnotherapist and spiritual healer, Dr. Ayesha Ali says that around 80 million people in Pakistan are mentally imbalanced. They are suffering from “psychological, neurotic disorder and facing spiritual, physical, mental and emotional illness”.
That is 40% of the country’s population. Let that sink in.
Close to half of Pakistan is now subjected to some mental or psychological illness.
She was addressing a conference at National Press Club (NPC), Islamabad and announced that a new Mental Health Institute and Treatment Centre (MHITC) in the picturesque Abbottabad will be opened equipped with all modern facilities. This will help the Pakistani population deal with the psychological issues. Especially the lower-income families
Like in other war impacted societies, Pakistan is also seeing common ailments like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, insomnia, eating disorders, suicide ideation, avoidant behaviors, feelings of despair, helplessness, insecurity, fear, and stress.
Youth, which is 59.7% of the population, lacks opportunities. They have a lack of options in education, health, and employment – which adds to their stress.
One of the top podcaster from Pakistan also tackled this issue in his episode titled “Hum Darinday Kaisay Banay?” (How did we become devils). He alludes to similar issues but from a layman’s perspective.
He discusses how the Pakistani people seem to have lost hope and the plot as well. With no way to let the “steam out”, they indulge in outlandish behavior. Sometimes this behavior can lead to hurt and death of others. The examples he gave of recent weeks are disturbing indeed.
It’s not like such things don’t happen in other societies. The problem is that not only is the country and society in a downward spiral, but ethics, religion, and spirituality that generally hold things together for many is also missing.
For a country that is trying to come out of many different crisis at the same time – economic, geopolitical isolation, national leadership vacuum, military power – having a population that lacks clarity is a big strike against the way forward. Clearly a large part of the Pakistani population needs to have a better access to mental health care facilities.
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