About 5% of people in Serbia suffer from depression

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that depression affects tens of millions of people in the EU, and due to the pandemic, the global prevalence has increased by 25 percent in 2020 alone.

More than 40 million people suffer from it in the European Union, that is 4.3 percent of Europeans. Therese are the data presented at a panel discussion at the GLOBSEC 2022 forum.

Ten panels of experts and researchers from Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries analyzed the care and treatment of depression in their respective countries, and relevant studies were conducted in Serbia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Considering the psychological effects of the pandemic, the overall prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by a whopping 25 percent in the first year of the pandemic alone, and it is very likely that this number will be even higher. The context of the pandemic has made the issue of depression more relevant than ever, and physicians and academics around the world have called it a silent pandemic.

Professor Igor Pantic, a specialist in psychiatry, associate professor at the Department of Medical Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Belgrade, and associate professor at the University of Haifa in Israel, argues that from the psychiatric point of view, depression is a mental disorder that belongs to the so-called group of mood disorders whose main symptoms are loss of energy, loss of interest, insomnia, loss of appetite, decreased self-confidence, excessive guilt, irritability and lack of concentration.

According to him, combating depression should not only be the task of psychiatrists but of society as a whole. “A system should be created that perpetuates economic and other types of certainty, that is, an individual should not be constantly exposed to pressures and worries. We also need to work on creating a value system that includes honesty, decency, empathy and forgiveness,” professor Pantic adds.

According to some data, about 5 percent of people in Serbia suffer from depression, and between 1,000 and 1,500 people commit suicide each year in the country, a significant number of whom are young people.

Although a lot of effort has been made in recent years to prevent and treat mental disorders, the suicide rate is still very high. Depression is also a great economic burden on both the individual and society as a whole. This disorder incapacitates a person, reduces his or her productivity at work, as well as functioning within the family.

(Kurir, 07.06.2022)



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