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Increased antidepressant use 'a sign of economic crisis'

Italian psychiatrists 'not surprised' by rising drug use

24 September, 18:16
Increased antidepressant use 'a sign of economic crisis' (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, September 24 - The increase in the use of antidepressants indicates the longer-term toll on Italians from years of social and economic crisis, a senior psychiatric specialist said Tuesday.

Almost one-third of the adult population is dealing with some kind of emotional or mental issue, said Claudio Mencacci, president of the Italian Society of Psychiatry (SIP).

He spoke after a report showed a steady rise in the amount of antidepressants being used by Italians.

"These figures do not surprise us at all," he said.

"For this reason, the SIP urges institutions and the public to become aware of the spread of mental disorders, and depression," he added.

He warned the medical system may eventually become "overwhelmed by these pathologies," if better and more rapid treatment for disorders is not found.