Depression is a complex syndrome with symptoms that affect not only emotions. David Cheskin/PA
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Recent security and economic concerns are pushing more and more Lebanese into depression, according to psychiatrists.While there are no readily available national statistics, a number of experts in the field say anti-depressant sales are on the rise and more Lebanese are experiencing depression as the country's security and economic situation becomes increasingly precarious. Depression is a "brain disease" according to Dr. Abboud Assaf, a psychiatrist who studied and worked around Europe and the Middle East.In addition to the security situation, Houry describes three other major factors that contribute to depression among Lebanese.Houry also said anti-depressants are likely the most commonly sold prescription drug at pharmacies.Samad said several brands of antidepressants are favored by the Lebanese, and highlighted that most don't need a regular prescription.Marwan, a pharmacist in the Beirut neighborhood of Kantari, explained that Xanax Prozac, Seroxat and Remoron Cypralex are among the most popular antidepressants in Lebanon.Houry said that lifestyle changes, including an improved diet and increased exercise, can help Lebanese counter their current depressed state, as can seeking professional help.
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