The survey covered more than 7,000 people aged 18 or above, of whom 21 percent said they had experienced psychological difficulties at some stage of their lives and 17 percent said they currently have mental problems, according to the municipal health department.
But the definition of “mental problems” is not clear. If the term is construed in a broad way to cover worries and anxiety of all kinds, then the figures are scarcely remarkable. Despite this, health experts insist that the stress of modern life is taking a heavy toll on people’s peace of mind.
The respondents included permanent residents and migrants across a broad social and economic spectrum. [Full Text]