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Mental health experts see 20% increase in antidepressant use, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: Mental health experts have observed an overall 20% increase in the use of antidepressants among the population since the second wave of Covid-19 devastated the country.

Data shows that the sale of antidepressants in April 2019 was around Rs 189.3 crore. In June it fell to Rs 172.1 crore and increased further in July 2020 to Rs 196.9 crore.

In October 2020, it rose again to Rs 210.7 crore and peaked in April 2021 with a record high of Rs 217.9 Crore.

The sale and consumption of antidepressants, also known as neurocognitive activators, has increased by 20%, observes Dr Rajiv Mehta, vice president of the Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Sir Gangaram Hospital.

“When life was easier, the chemical in our brain was used to control the circumstances of life. However, with the current situation, our emotions, our cognitions are excessively used to produce the impairment and this deficiency must be supplemented. ‘outside,’ Dr Mehta said.

“To protect us, to increase our tolerance or to correct ourselves, some people need to use antidepressants or neuro-cognitive activators,” added the expert.

When asked what age group needed neuro-cognitive enhancers, the doctor said, “Every age group comes in, whether it’s 10 years old or 75 years old. Stress is different but disease is. the same.”

It is necessary to understand the basic mechanism of what disease is and how everything is governed chemically becomes very crucial.

Low levels of serotonin in the brain can cause depression, while high levels of serotonin in the brain are linked to high mood.

Dr Mehta explains, “Serotonin deficiency produces a disorder called depression or anxiety. So, with the prescribed pills, we supplement the deficiency from the outside which is called antidepressants by seeing the disease. “

It is also referred to as serotonin deficiency or serotonin supplements or neuro supplements.

“We experience five senses on the skin because there are neurotransmitters for everyone. Likewise, there are different neurotransmitters or chemicals for behavior and associated thoughts and emotions,” he added.

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers used by the nervous system that regulate countless functions and processes in your body, from sleep to metabolism.

During the second wave, India saw an unprecedented surge in the death toll from Covid-19. The intensity of the feeling of permanent loss varied after one or more deaths in the families.

The wave peaked on May 6 when more than 4.14 lakh of new cases were reported. The highest deaths, meanwhile, were reported on May 23, when 4,454 lives were killed by the virus.

The massive increase in cases has flooded the country’s health infrastructure and several parts of the country have faced severe oxygen shortages.

The country is now experiencing a drop in new cases of Covid-19. According to the Union Health Ministry, India is reporting 60,753 new cases and 1,647 deaths in the past 24 hours. The total number of cases reached 2 98 23 546, including 3 85 137 deaths.