After Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine on February 24 of this year, the daily life of the Russian people has radically changed.
Hundreds of thousands of families had to send their loved ones to war, and many were never seen again. In addition, harsh sanctions imposed by the West on Russia led to difficult economic times in the country.
One Western company after another pulled out of Russia, leaving its employees jobless at a difficult time.
This has led to a massive increase in the sale of antidepressants, he writes euronewsQuoting the Russian news agency TASS.
It is a Russian company that does digital labeling that reports the trend.
During the first nine months of this year, Russians bought 8.4 million packages of antidepressants, a 48 percent increase over the same period last year. They wrote in a press release that the amount spent by Russian residents on these drugs in 2022 increased by 70 percent over last year and amounted to 5 billion rubles (810 million Norwegian kroner, daily).
She says the increase is even greater among people who live in cities like Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
As Russian psychologists confirm the increase:
Antidepressants are only given with a prescription. So the increase in sales of antidepressants reflects an increase in the number of patients already taking antidepressants. I think this is largely due to the anxiety that has arisen in connection with recent events, psychologist Oleg Levin tells Euronews.
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