Stress Survey conducted across 8 cities in India

Bangalore, Oct 6 2017: A collaborative stress survey was conducted by the Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare and No Worry No Tension Healthcare. Spearheaded by Dr Samir Parikh and Dr Sandeep Vohra, from the respective organizations, the objective was to screen individual stress levels over a period of three months using a stress-o-meter (an online screening tool). 2463 individuals across 8 Indian cities (Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai , Kolkatta, Mohali, Ludhiana, Chennai, Jaipur) took part in this survey.

Thesurvey revealed some interesting statistics: 

Keycausative factors:

·79% of the participants expressedthat a person’s nervous disposition highlighted by their nature, personalitytraits and ineffective coping mechanisms made them more susceptible to stress.

·15% of the participants suffered from stress because ofreasons related to physical distress and discomfort.

KeyFindings for stress levels:

·48% of the participants suffered from extremely highstress levels, and considered professional interventions like counselling andpsychotherapy beneficial in alleviating their distress.

· 22% of the participants reported mild levels ofstress, which implied the need to develop adaptive coping mechanisms so thattheir anxieties could be managed better.

·30% of the individuals experienced optimal levels ofstress, which implied no significant need for psychological interventions.

·Stress levels are particularly high among people whodisplayed neurotic personality traits and had limited resources to cope withtheir neurosis.

·External factors such as life circumstances anddifficulties at the workplace or at home, play a minimal role incontributing towards significantly high stress levels.

·Communication and active listening are the keyinstruments that can be used to lessen the burden of stress.

Thefindings of the survey suggest significant levels of stress being experiencedby individuals, attributed to their own personality traits as well as limitedcoping resources being available to them. Inherent personality traits andnatural disposition of individuals play a significant role in determining theirability to tolerate stress. External factors such as life circumstances anddifficulties at home play a minimal role in contributing towards stress levels. 

Dr SamirParikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, FortisHealthcare said, “Webelieve that evaluation of stress levels needs to become an integral part ofall preventive health packages in order to increase awareness and sensitivitytowards mental health across the population. We, at Fortis Healthcare, haveinitiated using Stress screening as a part of Preventive Health Check-ups withthe objective of helping individuals to know more about their own psychologicalwell-being and mental health.” 

DrSandeep Vohra, CMD, No Worry No Tension, shared, “It was a privilege to partnerwith Fortis Healthcare for this initiative. This is an attempt to assess stresslevels on the ground and help health professionals identify the remedial measureswhich can be adopted to help people manage stress effectively and thereby avoidmore serious diseases. The use of the stress-o-meter in this survey was aunique online screening tool”. 

In today’sday stress is unavoidable. It is particularly the pressure of performance asmost companies have a result oriented approach to work. Harassment and bullyingat work are also major problems. Keeping this in mind World Mental Health Day2017 is thematically focusing on stress at the workplace and how it affectspeople across the globe. Globally, more than 300 million people suffer fromdepression and 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Mental Healthshould be of utmost importance as it affects the holistic well - being of theindividual and the societies in a larger perspective.

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