DEPRESSION ! it is a disease often undiagnosed or hidden away, specially in Pakistan, as it is considered as taboo to seek help from a Psychiatrist and in the fear of being stigmatize people do not seek counselling.
If I recall the TEDxKarachi 2014 talk by Ahsan Jamil last year – who highlighted the importance of this disease said that over 30 to 40 per cent of the adult population in Karachi may be suffering from common mental disorders. Many people are suffering from common mental disorders, such as anxiety and mild to moderate depression, if solutions, were available and if accessed, would allow the patients to live perfectly functional lives.
“There are only 27 consultant psychiatrists for a population of almost 20 million. This works out to one psychiatrist for every 750,000 individuals,”
Ahsan Jamil predicted that in the next 4-5 years depression would be the most prevalent (yet unrecognised) disease for Pakistanis and there is no consolidated effort to address the concerns of people suffering from depression.