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Prescription of anxiolytics, sedatives, hypnotics and antidepressants in outpatient, universal care during the COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal: a nationwide, interrupted time-series approach
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    Discrepancies in Mental Health Impacts

    While the data that this article studied and the results that were produced show a change in the mental health status and medication behaviors of Portugal, it does not support the change in mental health status captured in much of the literature around the world. When the COVID-19 virus was declared a pandemic, there was global unrest. It is natural for people to feel fear, anxiety, and panic in the face of an unknown pandemic (Usher, Durkin, & Bhullar, 2020). The article addresses some of the discrepancies between the literature coming out that has been showing increases in anxiety and depressive symptoms in the Discussion section. However, these discrepancies do not align with the data presented in the paper. Further explanation and research is needed as to why rates of some prescription medications to manage mental health symptoms are declining when there is evidence showing that mental illnesses have increase as a result of the pandemic.
    The article discussed a reduction of prescriptions for anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics in children, adolescents, and elderly women. These medications would address the symptoms of anxiety, stress, and other symptoms that a global pandemic may cause (Javed, Sarwer, Soto, & Mashwani, 2020). The authors suggested that perhaps people have been going to see the doctor less frequently due to quarantines and fear of contracting the virus. However, some of the medications are long-term, so it does not make sense that, duri...

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