By Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz Online
While state-run media use Europe and U.S. depression and suicide rates to claim
that the West is disintegrating, a report by the Aria Strategic Studies Center
revealed that 58 percent of Tehran residents suffer from severe and mild
depression. Meanwhile, Tehran's police chief announced that the addiction age
has decreased and Tehran has passed the "critical point" in this area. At the
same time, unemployment rate, especially among the youth and university
graduates, has reached 14 percent.
The Aria Strategic Studies Center released a report warning about the
psychological well being of Tehran residents.
According to the Iranian Labor News Agency, ILNA, the report stated that 30
percent of Tehran residents suffer from severe depression, while another 28
percent suffer from mild depression.
The report added that concerns about marriage, housing, employment and income
are among those that have caused anxiety and unease among Tehran residents.
Tehran's police chief added to concerns yesterday by announcing the latest
figure on the number of addicts in Tehran.
Fars news agency also quotes Tehran's police chief Hossein Sajedinia to have
said, "Four hundred thousand addicts live in Tehran and measures are underway to
treat the addicts."
Addicts using drugs
in a residential area in Tehran (see
According to experts, violence by security and law enforcement, fraud in last
year's presidential election, mass arrest of residents and murder of arrested
citizens in torture centers or during protests have contributed to high rates of
depression and pessimism among Tehran residents.
Deteriorating economic conditions and the rising number of unemployed youth have
also been noted to explain the high rate of depression and pessimism among
According to ISNA, the Iran Statistical Center's latest report stated, "Today,
due to unemployment, inflation and loose monetary supply, despite the country's
vast resources, more than 10 million people live in absolute poverty, and
another 30 million in relative poverty."
ILNA labor news agency reports that the unemployment rate jumped 2 percent to
the alarming rate of 14 percent in the second half of last year, as disenchanted
citizens were suppressed and arrested en masse.
According to Mehr news agency, the Iran's Statistical Center placed unemployment
among youth at 24 percent in an official report last month.
ILNA also reported that, "According to credible international sources, Iran
rates 143rd among 180 countries in employment."
The incompetence of Ahmadinejad's administration coupled with its provocative
foreign policy resulting in the fourth round of UN Security Council sanctions
against Iran, are gradually revealing ther social impact in the form of
depression, addiction and unemployment.
In the meantime, Islamic republic officials, including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and
his advisors, claim that economic sanctions have helped Iran achieve
"independence" and "self-sufficiency." Such claims have been dismissed by
prominent politicians such as green movement leaders and seyed Hassan Khomeini,
the grandson of the revolutionary founder of the regime.
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