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Russians more mentally stable

24th January 2007

Mental health problems among Russians saw a sharp rise during the country's transition to capitalism in the late 1990s, but have begun to level off in recent years, an expert said.

Top psychiatrist Zurab Kekelidze said Russia still had the second-highest suicide rate in the world after Lithuania, but that the figure was heavily influenced by social turmoil as the country went through radical changes.

Kekelidze told reporters: "We have more post-traumatic stress disorder than in countries which have been developing for a long time and suicides are high and this is caused, among other things, by social factors."

"But in the past two to three years we have seen a stabilisation," he said, adding that mental health disorders appeared no longer to be increasing.

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