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Saudi families reject unstable members

Marital problems are a major cause

A senior official at the Saudi Ministry of Health said psychological patients in the kingdom are facing many challenges, on top of which are lack of services and rejection by families, according to a press report on Wednesday.

Head of the psychological and social division at the Ministry Dr. Abdul-Hamid al-Habib said 33% of psychological patients are facing rejection from their families, the London-based al-Hayat reported.

On the other hand, a Saudi study stated that 30% of Gulf patients suffer from depression due to marital problems and that married couples that frequent psychiatric clinics are always diagnosed with psychosomatic disorders (physical ailments triggered by psychological diseases).

According to the study, 80% of psychological disorders afflicting children are triggered by marital problems at home or separation from the parents, which makes them subject to delinquency, Kuwaiti daily al-Qabas reported.

A study published in Farha magazine stated that divorce rate reached 21% and that 33% of married couples get divorced. Divorce rate rose by 20%, and 65% of traditional marriages do not last long.

(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)