Depression rate in US triplets during epidemic, study finds – World


The prevalence of depression symptoms is three times higher in the United States during the Kovid-19 epidemic than previously reported, a study found to what extent health crises can impact mental health.

Survey study published in JAMA Network Open, An open-access medical journal published by the American Medical Association, also found that people with lower incomes and more Kovid-19-related stress were more likely to report symptoms of depression than others.

A survey before the epidemic involving about 5,000 American adults found that 8.5 percent of them showed symptoms of depression such as feeling down or hopeless, low energy, trouble concentrating, or self-harm. .

However, the number rose to 27.8pc when researchers surveyed about 1,500 American adults about their mental health from March to April of this year. Even more people – almost an extra 25 pc-showed milder signs of depression, Time The magazine reported.

The findings indicate that “there is a high burden of depression symptoms associated with the Kovid-19 epidemic in the US and this burden falls untimely on individuals who are already at greater risk,” the researchers said.

According to Time In the report, people were more likely to suffer symptoms of depression during the epidemic if they experienced “Kovid-19 stress” – including losing a job, the death of a loved one or financial distress.

Women were more likely to experience depression than men, and single people were more likely to suffer depression than married couples. Additionally, according to the study, having less than $ 5,000 in household savings increases the risk of experiencing symptoms of depression by 50pc.

The research found that the prevalence of symptoms of depression is higher than that recorded after previous public traumatic events, possibly reflecting the “more widespread effects of Kovid-19 and its social and economic consequences”.

Last month, official data showed that the proportion of people suffering from depression in the United Kingdom nearly doubled during the Kovid-19 epidemic, Reuters Reported.

The UK Office for National Office Statistics said 19pc adults reported some form of depression during June 2020, compared to 10pc in the nine months before March 2020. Stress and anxiety were the most common types of depression listed by people.

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