Depression in China

Depression in China

The People’s Daily reported on May 16, 2014, that China has 30,000,000 people who suffer from depression.

In China, coronary heart disease, hypertension, and cancer are often accompanied by depression.

Of the hospitalized patients at a general hospital, 22% to 33% of them suffer from depression.

The statistics compiled by a psychological assistance call center with 35,000 seniors who have called in showed that over 40% of seniors who live alone suffer from depression or have inclinations towards depression.

Some 100,000 people in the age group over 55 years old in China commit suicide each year.

The Beijing Military Region’s General Hospital has an addiction medical center that has collected over 5,500 cases of patients suffering from various types of addictions.

A statistical study of these cases showed that most young people who are addicted to internet games suffer from depression.

Over 95% of the young people with “wang yin” or “internet addiction” are listless, 94.6% are introverted, sensitive, suffer from inferiority complex, feel helpless in life, and 54.8% have reacted violently when their attempt to “get on the internet” fails.

According to the director of that center, Tao Ran: “Many internet addicted young people have been separated for at least half a year from their parents before they were three years of age, and a good relationship between the parents and the children was not well established.”

Some parents who were present with their children were “ren zai xin bu zai” or “present in body but absent in heart”. They do not know how to show affection towards their children. They do not know how to nurture their children, thus the children acquire an inferiority complex, low self esteem, they become depressed and develop psychological problems.

Typical symptoms of depression include “si wei chi dun” or “retarded thinking”, listless emotional response, reduced physical activity, disinterest, helplessness, “wu neng” or “inability”, physical weakness, hopelessness, and having no values.

The depressed young person loses interest in daily living, and does not feel happy. His or her physical energy visibly drops. He or she is constantly tired without reason, shows “delayed psychological activity” or “extremism in psychological activity”. The depressed young person has a low self esteem, constantly blaming himself or herself, and constantly feeling inner guilt and regret. He or she often seems to live in fantasy, has difficulty in associative thinking, and his or her thinking ability drops. He or she often thinks about death, has suicidal thoughts, and repeatedly acts out or attempts suicide. He or she often has insomnia, wakes up earlier than usual, or oversleeps, has no appetite, loses weight rapidly, and his or her libido drops.


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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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