Jaipur hospital gives tips to beat depression

A World Health Organisation (WHO) study said more than 5 crore Indians suffered from depression in 2015, and over 3 crore from anxiety disorders – major reasons for suicides.
Yoga trainer Rajesh Kumawat giving yoga tips to the patients at ESIC hospital in Jaipur.(PRABHKAR SHARMA/HT PHOTO)
Yoga trainer Rajesh Kumawat giving yoga tips to the patients at ESIC hospital in Jaipur.(PRABHKAR SHARMA/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 09, 2017 08:49 PM IST
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A government hospital in Jaipur gives tips to patients and their family members to overcome anxiety that they often experience while waiting for their turn to meet doctors.

About 1200 people come every day to the outpatient department (OPD) of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Model Hospital for medical aid, said psychiatry department head Dr Akhilesh Jain.

“At the OPD, patients and their family members talk to one another about diseases, trauma, side effects of medicines and so on. Such interactions often result in anxiety, and people get into depression,” Jain said. “Hospital staff keep moving around, asking such people to take a few tips at the yoga room.”

Yoga trainer Rajesh Kumawat said, “Many people standing for their turn at the OPD come to the room. I give them quick tips on breathing exercises, chanting of Om and meditation.”

Isha Sharma (37), who was practising yoga at the room, said, “I had suffered miscarriage after which I became quite irritated, frustrated and short-tempered. When I came here for treatment, I was asked to do yoga.” After six weeks, she is relieved of stress.

“These are small problems, which later take the form of disorders. People keep thinking about their disease, and experience anxiety -- even depression,” Jain said.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) study said more than 5 crore Indians suffered from depression in 2015, and over 3 crore from anxiety disorders – major reasons for suicides.

The ESIC hospital, a central government facility, will hold an exhibition to create awareness about mental health. Pictorial displays, posters, banners and audio-visual presentations will mark the World Mental Health Week, beginning Wednesday, Jain said.

At the hospital, yoga is taught to patients, caregivers and staff during OPD hours from 10am to 1pm. ESIC medical superintendent Dr Savita Nakra said, “Yoga will be taught from 10am to 4pm from October 24, so that more people will be benefited.”


    P Srinivasan is Principal Correspondent and working with Hindustan Times since 2001. He writes on health, agriculture and development.

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