Greeks’ men­tal health suf­fer­ing

Ex­perts play down sur­vey re­sults, say­ing im­pact of cri­sis less than feared

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More than half of Greeks com­plain of men­tal health prob­lems, with stress, in­se­cu­rity and dis­ap­point­ment among the is­sues most com­monly cited, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of a na­tion­wide sur­vey by the Na­tional School of Pub­lic Health, known by its acro­nym ESDY.

Over half of the 2,005 adults polled (53.9 per­cent) said their men­tal health had not been good over the past month due to stress, de­pres­sion or other emo­tional prob­lems. A quar­ter (24.8 per­cent) of re­spon­dents, iden­ti­fied poor physical or men­tal health as caus­ing prob­lems in their daily lives.

A to­tal of 15 per­cent said they felt in­se­cu­rity, anx­i­ety and fear, with 14 per­cent cit­ing anger and frus­tra­tion, 9.7 per­cent com­plain­ing of de­pres­sion and sad­ness, 8.2 per­cent of stress and 44.6 per­cent cit­ing all these ail­ments.

Four in 10 (42.6 per­cent) said they only en­joyed their lives “mod­er­ately” and one in 10 said they thought their lives had lit­tle or no mean­ing.

The find­ings came as of­fi­cial fig­ures showed that cases of de­pres­sion rose from 2.6 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion in 2008 to 4.7 per­cent in 2015.

Re­spond­ing to broader ques­tions about their health and life­style, 20 per­cent of those polled said their diets had been in­suf­fi­cient over the past month due to low fi­nances.

Ac­cord­ing to health sec­tor ex­perts, how­ever, the reper­cus­sions of the eco­nomic cri­sis on cit­i­zens’ health are less se­vere than many had feared. In com­ments to Kathimerini, Yian­nis Kyri­opou­los, a pro­fes­sor of health eco­nom­ics at the ESDY, said the find­ings of the study “sim­ply ob­serve a slow­down in the im­prove­ment of health in­di­ca­tors.”

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