Depression on the rise in Portugal

in News · 20-12-2019 01:00:00 · 3 Comments

Last year, people in Portugal bought more than 10 million packs of anxiolytics and almost 9 million packs of antidepressants, with anxiety remaining stable while those for depression increased.

The report of the National Health Council dedicated to mental health, outlines an overview of the consumption of stimulant medicines for the nervous system and psychopharmaceuticals, showing a global increase.
Portugal is the fifth country in 29 of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that consumes the most antidepressants, with a consumption rate that is double that of countries such as the Netherlands, Italy and Slovakia.
The consumption of anxiolytics has shown a stable trend in Portugal since 2014 and last year 10.5 million packages were purchased.
Antidepressants, on the other hand, have shown an increasing trend in recent years and in 2018, 8.8 million packages were purchased.

The increase in antidepressant consumption follows the same trend as in other OECD countries, where consumption doubled between 2000 and 2017, which may reflect a better diagnosis of depression, better access to medication or even an evolution of clinical guidelines for the treatment of depression.
Even so, Portugal has one of the highest consumption of antidepressants, coming fifth among the 29 countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development that were analysed.
The National Health Council document said that data on the consumption of benzodiazepines, medicines used for anxiety that may cause dependence with continued use, is particularly worrying in Portugal.
“Benzodiazepines and similar are only indicated for short-term control of anxiety and insomnia and may have harmful effects if maintained chronically,” with possible addiction and cognitive dysfunction, the report stated.
Data from 2016 showed that 1.9 million users had at least one prescription of benzodiazepines.



Comments:

Sad to see how American poisons are changing the world, for the worse. Big pharma has sold everyone false promises. People think such pills are magic and will change their lives. They don't. Antidepressants do not work for 90% of the people, and they are difficult to quit. Withdrawal frequently causes panic attacks and increased anxiety.

By Rebecca Childs from USA on 01-01-2020 05:54

Portuguese people has always been depressive. Nostalgic, at least. Different countries, different states of spirit I guess.

By Diogo from Lisbon on 21-12-2019 06:56

SO SAD TO LEARN THAT DEPRESSION RISE IN PORTUGAL.....
PORTUGAL IS SO PEACEFUL & LOVEABLE NATION IN THE WORLD......
IN MY OPINION DEPRESSION RISES IN THE WORLD DUE TO HI-FI LIFE STYLE ....
AND DUE TO HI-FI LIFE STYLE EVERY ONE WANTS TO RUN FOR MONEY BY HOOK OR CROOK......
SIMPLY IT'S A MATERLIASTIC ERA ......
NO PEACE .... ALAS !!!

By anwer hashim samnani from Other on 20-12-2019 04:41
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