Depression in the UK doubles amid coronavirus pandemic, similar trends in the US

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Depression in the UK doubles amid coronavirus pandmeic, similar trends in the US - We The World Magazine
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A new study undertaken by a British public body found depression rates have literally doubled since the coronavirus pandemic kickstarted. Nearly similar trends were followed in the US.

As per the survey undertaken by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), double the number of people has experienced some form of depression in July, as compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Statistically, the above data would translate to almost one in five adults faced depression in July (that is 19.1%) as compared to one in ten adults (9.7%) for the pre-pandemic level that is July and March of 2019.

According to the Office of the National Statistics, the affected demographic included females, adults aged between 16-39 years, disabled people, and folks unable to afford an expected expense were most likely to suffer from depression in these trying times.

To understand the data, the same group of people was followed before and after the pandemic, which gave a unique insight into the matter.

Nearly thirteen percent (12.9%) or one in eight adults developed moderate to severe depressive symptoms in the time of the pandemic. While 6.2% of the population continued to experience the previous level of depression, the stats say.

“Today’s research provides an insight into the mental health of adults during the coronavirus pandemic,” the official statement reads.

“Revisiting this same group of adults before and during the pandemic provides a unique insight into how their symptoms of depression have changed over time.”

The data reflected, young adults, aged between 16-39 were the ones most likely to be depressed. In terms of gender, disparity women were found to be more affected by depression during the pandemic than men.

Nearly double the number of women (23.3%) showed signs of moderate to severe depression in the pandemic, as compared to one in eight (11.9%) before the pandemic.

For the study, researchers did not cover people who had been furloughed or whose working hours were changed as a result of the pandemic.

Also, people living in England’s urban areas were more likely to be depressed than those living in urban areas. However, there was no statistically significant difference between residents in England, Wales, and Scotland.

In the United States

America’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) just recently released a study that found the nation’s younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers reported adverse mental health conditions related to pandemic.

According to the CDC report, symptoms of depressive disorder and symptoms of anxiety took a significant uptick in the US for the time-frame between April-June 2020 as compared to the same time in 2019.

The report reflected, in the final week of June, almost 40% of the adults in the US responded struggling with a mental health issue or resorting to substance-abuse at some point of time in June, as the pandemic continues to unleash its fury.

America is the worst-hit nation in the world, with national caseload racing to touch 6 million. More than 170k people died from the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China last year.

In the last 30 days, 5,412 respondents reported depression and anxiety as the most common issue. Thirteen percent said they resorted to some forms of substance abuse, and a quarter of respondents reported experiencing stressor or trauma-related disorders, according to the study.

The stats also reflected a shocking 11% contemplated suicide in the last month before the survey. “In terms of the impact of COVID, coupled with the economic downturn as well as systemic racism that has been in the news, it is certainly showing all these things are having a significant effect on people’s mental health,” Dr. Vaile Wright, senior director of health care innovation at the American Psychological Association said, ABC network 7 WJLA reported.