Iran spends $385.4 million on treatment of psychological disorders
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 17 / Trend, N. Umid, S. Isayev
Iran spends some $385.4 millions (based on official rate of 24,908 rials per each USD) for treatment of psychological disorders each year, Iranian deputy Minister of Health and Medical Education, Ali Akbar Sayyari said, Bahar newspaper reported.
He went on to note that, some 25 percent of Iran's elderly people suffer from depression.
In mid-February Iranian media published a study, according to which, the depression is the most common mental disorder among the country's young generation.
Of 2,500 people who took the survey, the depression turned out to be the most common disorder (3.1 percent of people), followed by hostility and aggression (2.9 percent), paranoid thinking (2.7 percent), anxiety (2 percent), somatization disorder (2 percent).
In November 2012, Iranian media outlets quoted head of Iran's Health and Treatment Committee Hossein-Ali Shahriari as saying more than 70 percent of people in the country are under psychological pressure.
Speaking of seriousness of economic problems in Iran, Shahriari said that the nation suffers a lot because of them.