In Russia after the announcement of mobilization for war in Ukraine on September 21 an increase in the number of visits to specialists for depression, reports RBC.
According to the experts interviewed, after the start of the full-scale invasion on February 24, there was no serious increase in the number of calls: the first two weeks received requests for “what to do” and “how to deal with anxiety”, but then the number of calls dropped noticeably.
In addition to the fact that the Russians as a whole were not too worried about the outbreak of a full-scale war, a slight increase in requests to psychologists in February-March is also associated with a jump in the exchange rate and sanctions – people were afraid to spend their savings on psychologists.
But after September 21, the number of clients who complained of sleep disturbance and lack of understanding of how to live on and make plans for the future increased sharply, the Psi-Pro psychological center reported. In the Helping Others, Helping Yourself service, they say that such a trend began in July-August, when the number of calls from those who said they were depressed began to grow.
“Many began to show apathy, asthenia, inability to do anything, which is also a consequence of a depressive state,” they say in the Elementary center. In autumn, clients from the IT sector, fintech, including those who left the country, began to contact this center more often.
In the YouTalk psychological assistance service, the most frequent topics of appeals after the start of mobilization were anxiety and sleep disturbances, depression, low mood and loss of strength, and difficult decisions. At the same time, the frequency of requests related to depression increased by 50% compared to the period before the announcement of mobilization.
The Yasno online psychotherapy service notes that since February 24, anxiety has become the most common reason to see a psychotherapist (it was noted in the questionnaire by 63% of new clients of the service), although earlier problems in relationships traditionally dominated the top of requests. This trend continued until April, then gradually decreased (to 57% in August and early September) and jumped sharply (to 62%) after September 21. The situation is similar with stress. So, in January, 46% of new Yasno users complained about it. From February 24, this figure jumped to 51%, and in the summer it dropped to a record 44% for the current year and rose to 48% after the announcement of mobilization.
While the Russians, unable to stop their terrorist leadership, are suffering from military conscription, Ukrainians are fighting tooth and nail to defend themselves against the Putin regime’s aggression and reclaim their territories, alarmed every day by regular rocket and artillery attacks. . Here, too, the work of psychologists is needed. So that reactions to traumatic experiences do not become chronic, it is necessary to contact a psychologist as timely as, for example, a dentist, experts say. But is society ready for this? Do people understand what they really need? What kind of help does the military need, and what kind does it need for civilians? How to help those who work with morally and psychologically difficult information? What challenges do psychologists face? Read about it in the article. Marco Bayanova “Trauma is not crazy: Ukrainians need psychological help“.