The Arabian gulf countries, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar share many geographical, political, economical, religious and cultural resemblances, however, they also share common reasons behind the rapid increase in depression and other health issues in the previous decades, according to ‘Health Research Policy and Systems’.
One of the main reasons behind the propagation of mental illnesses is the misunderstanding that mental illnesses are real illnesses that affect the mind and then gradually affect the person physically, and how serious they actually are. In addition, people are unaware of the ways to help infected people dealing with depression or other mental illnesses and how to prevent it, due to the idea that people who visit psychiatrics and physiologists are ‘retarded’ or called ‘crazy’.
Although reasons vary from one person dealing with mental illnesses to another, there are many ways to overcome it, most importantly is to acknowledge the root problem and asking for help directly.
And so as a result, mental health services are increasing and expanding, but are inadequate. And despite the fact that there are no official government figures on the number of individuals dealing with depression in Bahrain, there have been various studies done that show rates in various socioeconomics. One study shows patients in primary care centers found that 19.3% had lifetime depression and 5.6% had current depression. And individuals who experienced mental illnesses before, only 41% had received treatments.