Rates of depression and anxiety increased by nearly 25% worldwide in the first year of covid-19, another sign of the widespread damage to mental health that the pandemic has wrought.
Young people were at the highest risk of suicide and self-harm, with women bearing the brunt of the emotional and psychological burden, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). People with chronic conditions such as asthma or cancer were also more likely to develop symptoms of mental disorders during the outbreak.
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Evidence of the cost of isolation, restrictions and financial concerns continues to mount. The WHO report echoes a study published last year in the medical journal The Lancet which revealed that the pandemic had led to an additional 53.2 million cases of major depressive disorder and an additional 76.2 million cases of anxiety disorders worldwide.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, said that the information they have at the moment about the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of the world is only the tip of the iceberg. He called on countries to pay more attention to mental health and provide support. More and more people turn to online help, but that is a challenge in countries with limited resources.
Higher rates of suicidal thoughts and attempts
The agency’s analysis of 54 international studies revealed higher rates of suicidal thoughts and attempts and self-harm compared to pre-pandemic prevalence. Younger people, women and residents of certain countries were the most susceptible.
Yes OK people with mental disorders they are not more susceptible to contagion, yes are more likely to be hospitalized and die if they contract covid according to the report.
The document is based on a comprehensive review of existing evidence on the impact of covid on mental health and mental health services, and includes estimates from the latest WHO Global Burden of Disease Estimation report.