Anxiety and depression related to COVID – 19

One in three adults is experiencing anxiety and depression related to COVID-19, a new study shows. The finding is precisely factual for women, younger adults, and lower socioeconomic status, the researchers report.

The pandemic has escalated psychological distress, including anxiety, clinical depression, post-traumatic stress, and sleeping disorders. Nonetheless, factors associated with increased susceptibility to mental distress among adults in the general population during COVID-19 are unknown.

For the study published in PLOS ONE, the researchers performed a meta-analysis of 68 studies carried out during the pandemic, consisting of 288,830 participants from 19 nations, to analyze risk factors associated with anxiety and depression.

They discovered that among the people most impacted by COVID-19-related anxiety or depression, women, younger adults, individuals of lower socioeconomic condition, those residing in rural areas, as well as those at high risk of COVID-19 infection are more likely to experience emotional distress.

References:

Wang, Y., Kala, M. P., & Jafar, T. H. (2020). Factors associated with psychological distress during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the predominantly general population: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PloS one, 15(12), e0244630.

Photo by Enq 1998 on Unsplash

author avatar
Federico Ferrarese Federico Ferrarese - Chartered Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
I am deeply committed to my role as a cognitive behavioural therapist, aiding clients in their journey towards recovery and sustainable, positive changes in their lives. This involves strategising to maintain long-term mental well-being and identifying and mitigating the risks of relapse or the return of issues. My approach is empathetic, warm, inquisitive, and collaborative, creating a secure and comfortable environment for clients to delve into their difficulties. I am proficient in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) online and hold accreditation from the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I provide CBT sessions in both English and Italian. With several years of experience in the NHS and my private practice, I am a qualified CBT Therapist treating individuals with moderate to severe depression and anxiety disorders. My expertise includes the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Phobia, Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Low Self-Esteem, and Stress Management. I am currently pursuing an MSc programme in Applied Neuroscience at King's College London. Prior to obtaining my postgraduate diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy from Queen Margaret University, I earned a three-year degree in neurocognitive rehabilitation and a five-year degree in psychology from the University of Padua. I am a Chartered Psychologist and a British Psychological Society (BPS) member.