Dec 05 2018

In Turkey, use of anti-depressants up 27 percent over five years

The use of anti-depressants in Turkey has risen nearly 27 percent in the past five years, according to figures from the Ministry of Health reported by Turkish news site T24.

Meanwhile, there are just 3.5 psychiatrists for every 100,000 people in Turkey, a far lower proportion than in developed nations, Turkish Psychiatry Society head Dr. Ömer Böke has revealed. Developed nations provide 12 psychiatrists for 100 people, he told Milliyet newspaper. 

Over 33 million boxes of anti-depressants were used in the first 10 months of 2016, the ministry’s latest figures show. 

T24 lists the explosion in anti-depressant use as due to a combination of a general rise in medicine use, unemployment, migration, human trauma, and divisions in society, among other reasons. 

Böke said anti-depressants were being used for widespread psychiatric illnesses like anxiety and depression.