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Bali Health Officials Say Bali Residents Suffer from Mental Depression


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(4/20/2012)

An estimated 20% of Bali’s 3.9 million residents are believed to suffer from mental depression.

As reported by Beritabali.com, proof of the high rates of mental depression among people living in Bali is demonstrated by the increasingly frequent incidents of social unrest among different groups in Bali and the rising rate of narcotics use.

The director of the Bangli Psychiatric Hospital (RSJ), Dr. Made Sugiharta Yasa, on April 17, 2012, cited the growing popularity of visits to local entertainment venues, such as cafes fronting for prostitution, as indications of depression becoming rampant among the Balinese.

He also cited the high level of consumption of "energy drinks" as further proof of societal mass depression. “A couple of energy drinks are selling very well. This shows that people are depressed. The symptoms of light depression are weakness, no energy and no motivation. By drinking energy drinks these people find spirit,” Dr Yasa explained.

Dr. Yasa added that the level of depression most frequently encountered among the general public is the growing state of widespread anxiety and worry. As a result, many Balinese are trying to overcome their anxiety by consuming alcoholic beverages.


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