Modernization and its discontents: Anxiety on the rise in Bhutan

The western menace of anxiety is on the rise, according to a story in Kuensel.

The good news is that people are seeking help more than they were even five years ago, when Kuzoo FM started a call-in show featuring one of two psychiatrists in the country–and people were too ashamed to ask for help.

The sad news is, says one of those doctors:  “Today there is lot of societal pressures, which were perhaps not there many years ago.”

And, the story adds what I’ve spent much of the last 5 years thinking about: “Education, modernisation and media have also changed the outlook and expectations of the people, which also lead to stress.”

 

 

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One thought on “Modernization and its discontents: Anxiety on the rise in Bhutan

  1. Richard Scott says:

    Lisa, reminds me of a discussion ten or more years ago with a physician friend in Bhutan. There had been a visiting psychiatrist who suggested that Prozac be put in the water. At that time Prozac was at the Apex of its curve and felt to be a cure all.

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