A study involving scientists at the University of Sheffield found that the number of people reporting clinically significant depression and anxiety disorders increased three-fold during the lockout period. The study, which involved more than 1,000 inmates at Sheffield Hallam Prison, found a tripling in the proportion of people reporting significant depression and anxiety disorder during curfew periods. “In April, the rate of people reporting depression, anxiety and other mental health problems reached an all-time high of 4.5 percent, compared to 1.2 percent in the same period in 2013,” the study said.
The results, published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, also show that the pandemic’s psychological impact was pronounced in the highest poverty and socio-economically disadvantaged areas. Which highlights regional differences in psychological well-being – with socio-economically underprivileged regions of the UK showing the highest levels of depression, the study found.
Mental health is a severe health problem that can lead to severe disability if left untreated. Mental health is historically underfunded, and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) draw attention to the pressing issues affecting the nation’s mental health.
The evidence calls on politicians and health services to take care of the public’s mental health at this challenging time. There is strong evidence that COVID-19 is associated with a mental health crisis. The study is an important step forward in developing indicators of the long-term impact of this pandemic. Although global closure is unprecedented in a generation, relatively little is known about the current pandemics’ psychological impact.
Today is always a good day to start recovery, so why not use this pandemic as an opportunity to improve? Because if you are already stuck at home, you might feel that now is the time to stay at home and look after your addiction later. Indeed, isolation and loneliness can worsen substance abuse, and it is now possible to take time off to seek treatment for work, education, and social life. Now that the epidemic has broken out, it may be possible that you will get rid of it.
If you know you are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, please call any number on this website to talk to a therapist, find out where to start, how to pay for rehab, and much more.
Rehabilitation is still safe; rehabilitation centers take preventive measures to ensure that their facilities remain free of Coronavirus. In particular, they regularly test patients and potential patients for COVID-19, adjust their programs to social guidelines, and ensure that their entire facility has adequate hand sanitizer supplies at all times.
The study was conducted to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of more than 1,000 people in the UK during the crisis. The study is being conducted in the US currently.