The Ukrainian war has left Russians’ morale low and the country has run out of anti-depressants to treat the condition.
Russians’ usage of Prozac, an anti-depressant drug, rose by 63 per cent in 2022 as the population struggled to cope with the mental toll of the conflict.
However now supplies are running extremely low, with only four of 2,400 pharmacies in Moscow selling the drug, according to RBC, a Russian news outlet.
Meanwhile, in St Petersburg the situation remains just as dire, with only two out of 1,300 pharmacies stocking Prozac.
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Russia’s supply of the drug ran out in June after sanctions were introduced.
“Experts attribute the increase in sales of antidepressants in general to the anxiety of Russians due to the news and economic background, the special military operation in Ukraine and the consequences of sanctions,” said a RBC report.
Putin’s forced mobilisation of Russian men into the war effort has put immense emotional stress on citizens of the country.
Many soldiers have returned maimed, and many have not returned at all.