Medical Futurist October 29, 2020

It’s no secret that the anxiety, fear, and isolation brought about by large-scale crises such as wars and natural disasters have a population-wide psychological toll. Unfortunately, we are living in one such crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic, and its effect on our mental well-being is showing. In Britain, the Office for National Statistics reports that the number of adults with depression has doubled during the pandemic. In the U.S., the prevalence of depression symptoms increased over 3-fold during the pandemic than before it. This data comes from a recent study published in JAMA Network Open. The researchers term the contributing factors as “COVID-19 stressors.” These include job loss, a close one’s demise due to the virus and having financial problems.

Even if these reports pertain...

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