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The mental state of Ukrainians is bad

MedExpress Team


Published June 14, 2023 11:24

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A large portion of the Ukrainian population shows increased levels of stress due to war, according to a recently published study by researchers at Kyiv University. In many cases, this is accompanied by PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, or depression.

The study identified several groups particularly experiencing mental deterioration, including women, people between the ages of 26 and 40, and the unemployed or internally or internationally displaced. - We can confirm that regardless of the proximity of the war and whether the respondents experienced the tragic events directly, they all tend to experience acute stress and present some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, says Anton Kurapov, one of the authors of the report. 

The survey was in the form of a questionnaire and more than 700 people took part. It was conducted six months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Mental health researchers of Ukrainians took into account several aspects: stress and its experience; depression and anxiety occurring after various types of disasters in the world; post-traumatic stress disorder; and coping strategies after stress. Women were found to be more susceptible to mental health problems than men. In addition, young people were found to be more resilient, with symptoms in the form of anxiety disorders increasing with age, except for participants older than 40. These showed lower levels of anxiety, depression and stress, comparable in level to young participants aged 18-20. In contrast, participants aged 26 to 40 showe...

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