More than half a mil­lion di­ag­nosed in Greece

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More than half a mil­lion Greeks are es­ti­mated to have been di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts at the 2nd Men­tal Health Con­fer­ence, which took place yes­ter­day at Zappeion Hall in Athens. “In 2015, peo­ple with de­pres­sion are es­ti­mated to have sur­passed 500,000,” Pet­ros Skap­inakis, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of psy­chi­a­try at the Univer­sity of Ioan­nina, said, adding that mat­ters could get worse if peo­ple don’t seek treat­ment. “Some peo­ple think they are not ill, while oth­ers have prob­lems get­ting ac­cess to psy­chi­a­trists or think of the cost of ther­apy.” A num­ber of ex­perts in­sist that the rise in cases of de­pres­sion is di­rectly linked to the fi­nan­cial cri­sis and the prob­lems it has cre­ated for thou­sands of house­holds around the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to data from the coun­try’s statis­tics agency, ELSTAT, ap­prox­i­mately 36 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion is on the verge of so­cial ex­clu­sion and lives near the poverty line, while many ex­perts be­lieve the in­tro­duc­tion of aus­ter­ity mea­sures has led to a dra­matic 35 per­cent rise in sui­cide rates.

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