Contact restrictions, fears about the job, one’s own health and the family: All of these changes that have determined everyday life since the outbreak of the Corona crisis have had a major impact on mental health. As researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia and the University of Washington report in the journal “The Lancet”, there were an estimated 53 million cases of major depressive disorders and 76 million additional cases of anxiety disorders due to the corona crisis in the 2020 pandemic are. This corresponds to an increase of 28 and 26 percent respectively.

Women are particularly badly affected

Women were affected almost twice as often as men. The researchers attribute this to the fact that the pandemic often caused women to have to cope with a double burden of job, household chores and childcare. In addition, they are significantly more likely to be victims of domestic violence than men. The number of cases is also significantly higher among younger people and in countries that were particularly affected by the pandemic and therefore had very strict lockdown rules.

“Our results underline that we need a stable psychosocial health system in order to cope with the increasing number of mental illnesses worldwide,” urges study author Dr. Damian Santomauro from University in Queensland. Even before the pandemic, health care with regard to mental illness was inadequate and poorly organized in many countries. This urgently needs to change, so Santomauro’s appeal to politicians.

Those: DOI 10.1016 / S0140-6736 (21) 02143-7

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