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About 5% of the Russia's population ask for psychiatric and drug addiction treatment annually
About 5% of the Russia's population, or 7.5 million people, ask for psychiatric and drug addiction treatment annually. This is what Tatiana Dmitriyeva, director of the Serbsky state research centre of social and forensic psychiatry, said at the First National Congress for Social Psychiatry. "Today, social psychiatry and psychology are in the highest demand ever," she said. According to Dmitriyeva, children and teenagers are currently the most vulnerable to psychiatric disturbances in Russia. "In the past ten years, Russia has seen the trend when the rate of relevant illnesses was 2.5 times higher among children than among adults," noted Dmitriyeva. Alcohol and drug abuse remain the major reasons or, conversely, aftermaths of these psychiatric illnesses. However, in 2000-2003, the official statistics showed that drug abuse had reduced by about 67%. Dmitriyeva puts it down to the fact that modern youth is more often oriented to success than to avoiding the problem. "Success is becoming fashionable," she said. At the same time, the number of the disabled suffering from psychiatric disturbances has doubled from 1992. This category of people most of all suffers from the lack of jobs, Dmitriyeva believes. "Our patients are evicted from their jobs, despite the law envisaging quotas for them. Enterprises prefer to bribe somebody rather than employ them," Dmitriyeva concluded
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