The large number: Around 76 million people suffered from anxiety because of the pandemic

The large number: Around 76 million people suffered from anxiety because of the pandemic



As the coronavirus spread around the world, around 76 million people reported anxiety problems caused by the pandemic, a 26 percent increase from 2019 to 2020, according to a study published in the Lancet-Journal. Based on data from 48 studies that spanned 204 countries and territories, the researchers found that this pandemic-inspired surge brought the total global number of anxiety disorders to 374 million people. Women were affected more often than men and younger people (especially those in their early 20s) more often than older people. Overall, the numbers rose the most in the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, which were most likely hit by things like business and school closings, social restrictions, job losses, money problems and more. The global mental health impact of the pandemic also included an increase in the number of people reporting depression, with approximately 53 million new cases of depressive disorder attributed to the pandemic in 2020. This corresponds to an increase of 28 percent compared to the previous year, bringing the total number of people affected by depression worldwide to 246 million people. The researchers found that “new evidence” suggests that the pandemic may have similar effects on other health problems such as eating disorders, fueling the need for strengthening mental health services in most countries. “Doing nothing to manage the burden of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders should not be an option,” they write.



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