Year: 2002 Source: BMJ, v.324, no.7348, (25 May 2002), p.1238 SIEC No: 20020854

After four years of recession, including the largest sovereign debt default in history & a sharp devaluation that has forced thousands of businesses to close, Argentina is in an economic crisis. Unemployment & cost of living are high. There is a rise in violent crime. More people are having panic attacks, stomach ulcers, & insomnia. People seeking psychiatric help have doubled in one year. Five teenage Argentines commit suicide each week, double the rate of 10 years ago.