The psychiatrist dispelled the myth of depression during the winter holidays

During the winter holidays, Russians are less likely to turn to specialists with symptoms of depressionsaid the psychiatrist Roman Akhapkin.

According to Moscow 24 citing an expert, information about the increase in depressive disorders after the New Year is a myth and an “urban legend”.

He noted that the number of applications with similar problems often increases in autumn and spring.

At the same time, the doctor emphasized that the exact time of the onset of depression in a patient cannot be determined, because many people themselves are not even able to tell a psychiatrist when exactly they encountered the first signs of the disease.

According to Akhapkin, after the winter holidays, Russians really often complain about apathy, bad mood and low efficiency. However, the cause of such conditions should be sought in the hangover syndrome and intoxication, the expert believes. He also added that a short period of sadness should not be called depression.

Author Julia Milenina

Yulia Milenina is a correspondent for the news service Pravda.Ru

Curator Elena Andreeva

Elena Andreeva – Deputy Director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “NMIC of Endocrinology” of the Ministry of Health of Russia – Director of the Institute of Reproductive Medicine

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