In a recent study conducted across major provinces of Afghanistan, researchers from Afghanistan Center for Epidemiological Studies found that depression is a significant concern among Afghan women living under the rule of the Taliban government. The study revealed an alarming prevalence of depression symptoms, affecting 80.4% of women surveyed. Additionally, 81.0% reported experiencing mild to extremely severe anxiety.
The research highlighted key factors associated with depression, including age, number of children, education level, exposure to negative events, and physical illness. Moreover, the study identified a strong link between depression and low household income, as well as poor physical and psychological quality of life.
These findings underscore the urgent need for mental health support and services for Afghan women. International health organizations are urged to implement regular screening programs for depression and anxiety, ensuring that vulnerable women receive the help they need.
Addressing mental health challenges in this population is crucial to improving their overall well-being and ensuring they have access to vital psychological counseling services. By recognizing and addressing the prevalence of depression and anxiety, we can take meaningful steps towards supporting Afghan women during these challenging times.