The pandemic has turned many peoples life upside down. In many cases the fear of getting infected and losing one’s job have led to depression. There’s a rise in alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, panic attacks and suicide. Some anti-anxiety medication is out of stock in Portugal. Anti-depressants are up by as much as 11 percent. Some doctors believe lockdowns and self-isolation are more damaging to society than the virus itself. Depression is still a taboo is some countries, for example in Nigeria. it’s estimated one in four people struggle with mental illness in Africa’s most populous nation.
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