Survey Suggests Almost Half Of Bangkokians Are Stressed

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According to the Department of Mental Health, nearly half of Bangkok residents are suffering from stress and losing their happiness because of it while those living in the provinces are, overall, happier.

The conclusions were taken from surveys the department conducted, on Bangkokians between July and August of this year and in other provinces in 2015.

The department’s director general Boonruang Triruang-worawat said “Of the 2,261 Bangkok respondents, 45 percent showed an abnormal level of stress.” While it was normal for people to have a certain level of stress, this should not go beyond level four in a stress-assessment scale, he explained.

The survey in Bangkok found nearly half had stress levels of five to 15 and, according to Boonruang, about eight percent recorded stress at between 10 and 15 indicating they were extremely stressed out.

Bangkokians between the ages of 15 and 60 were the target area of the survey, which covered students, civil servants, workers, vendors, company employees and unemployed. The largest group of respondents held a Bachelor’s degree and earned a monthly income of between THB 25,001 and THB 35,000.

Bangkok Mental Health official Thaweesak Sirirutraykha said the biggest causes of stress were found to be financial problems and rising living expenses. Other causes were anxiety, family problems, excessive news consumption and interpersonal relationships.

Thaweesak said nearly a quarter of respondents suffered from sleep disorders due to stress. Some of the other respondents were made frustrated or irritable by stress, while some preferred to keep to themselves and away from other people.

When respondents were asked how they dealt with stress, 20.92 percent said they tried to accept their problems, 15.80 percent watched movies or TV, 8.56 percent chose to visit temples and make merit, 6.62 percent worked out at the gym, 5.52 percent opted to go travelling and 4.99 percent tried to talk to a friend about their problems.

On the 2015 survey on respondents living outside the capital, Boonruang said 83.6 percent of people living in the provinces were happy, while the Bangkok survey showed 67.89 percent were happy.

The 2018 World Happiness Report ranked Thailand in 46th place among 156 countries, a drop from last year’s 32nd place, while Finland emerged as the world’s ‘happiest nation’.

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