1 in 5 adults in Britain suffered from depression during pandemic: Study
One in five adults in Britain have experienced symptoms of depression during the coronavirus pandemic, more than double the levels recorded before the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, figures have shown.
The figures, based on the ONS’s Opinions and Lifestyle survey, show that young people, disabled people and renters were hit the hardest.
The poll shows that between January and March 2021, during the second lockdown, 21% of adults experienced some form of depression, an increase from 19% in November 2020 and more than double the figure observed before the pandemic.
Before the pandemic began, 10% of adults said they experienced some form of depression.
Younger adults and women were more likely to experience some form of depression, with more than four in 10 women aged between 16 and 29 experiencing depressive symptoms, compared with 26% of men the same age.
Disabled people, clinically vulnerable adults, those renting their home and those living in the most deprived areas of England were more likely than average to experience some form of depression.
Prof Martin Marshall, the chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said the figures showed the impact of the pandemic on patients’ mental health, both directly as a result of Covid-19 or long Covid and indirectly as a result of the social and economic impact of lockdown restrictions.
Health experts have always warned that the combined effects of ill health, isolation and job losses during the pandemic would have a negative impact on people's mental health and wellbeing.
Anxiety and depression are also rising among Americans amid the coronavirus crisis, new research suggests.
In the latest study to suggest an uptick, half of U.S. adults surveyed reported at least some signs of depression, such as hopelessness, feeling like a failure or getting little pleasure from doing things.
Historically, disease pandemics have been associated with grave psychological consequences around the world.
Even when the epidemic is under control and the isolation measures are lifted, the economic ripple effect will be immense.
That’s double the rate from a different survey two years ago, Boston University researchers said Wednesday in the medical journal JAMA Network Open.
For some people, it stems from lost loved ones and the financial distress and social isolation the outbreak has caused.
Experts say Americans are also feeling anxiety over the racial and political upheaval of the past few months.