Depression and anxiety tripled during the height of lockdown
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There was a three-fold increase in the number of people reporting significant depression and anxiety problems during lockdown, a study involving scientists from the University of Sheffield has found.

Research revealed that during the coronavirus lockdown in April, the proportion of people reporting clinically significant depression and anxiety problems reached 52%, three times more than the pre-COVID-19 average of 17%.

The findings, published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, also show that the mental health impacts of the pandemic were especially pronounced in younger people, women and those who were unemployed or on low income.

Dr. Jaime Delgadillo, from the Department of Psychology, said: "Mental health problems are very serious health conditions that can become highly disabling if left untreated. This evidence calls for policymakers and health services to look after the mental health of the population during this challenging time."

Michael Barkham, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield, said: "This study is a detailed investigation of mental health and wellbeing indicators in a representative sample of the UK population during the height of lockdown restrictions."

"The three-fold increase we found in the prevalence of depression and anxiety problems in the adult population during lockdown is evidence that COVID-19 is associated with a mental health crisis."

Source: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/depression-anxiety-tripled-during-lockdown-1.916391
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