Mental health distress increased during COVID-19 pandemic: Study

New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): A recent study reported individuals with pre-existing health conditions, such as cancer, were more likely to report depressive symptoms during the pandemic. The study also identified factors associated with increased depression and anxiety during the pandemic, including socio-demographic characteristics, stressors, and comorbid conditions associated with increased risk for poor COVID-19 outcomes. A secondary focus examined the association of these factors with longitudinal change in psychological distress. Financial stressors, such as loss of employment and reduced compensation, or work/life balance stressors, such as care giving responsibilities, were also examined. According to the data, individuals with these types of life stressors were more likely to have an escalation of psychological distress during the pandemic. The report suggests that adults are continuing to experience psychological distress beyond the initial lockdown period. The results of this and prior studies support the importance of regular mental health assessment and subsequent mental health support among those with a history of mental health issues and those who may be isolated to keep themselves safe from COVID-19 or other infections. Results also highlight the importance of investigating the continued and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health as social distancing, a factor previously associated with depression and anxiety, continues to be promoted over a year into the pandemic and as the world slowly opens again, potentially triggering different types of anxiety as people adjust to a new normal.

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