Surprise from international study: what is the final impact of the pandemic on mental health

OUR mental health The total population of the world did not deteriorate much during pandemiccompared to pre-pandemic levels, according to a new international scientific study, the most comprehensive of its kind to date.

Women were slightly more affected than men, but the results show that in general, the mental impact of Covid-19 ultimately were less compared to the original more ominous estimates.

The overall deterioration in mental health is assessed. marginal to secondarywhich once again emphasizes, according to scientists, the adaptability and resilience of man.

Researchers led by Professor Brett Thomps from the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University in Canada, who conducted related publication in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) evaluated 137 studies from around the world (systematic review and meta-analysis). 75% of the participants were adults and 25% were children and adolescents aged 10-19.

Women are more affected

The main conclusion, to the great surprise of the researchers, was that, despite so many dramatic stories that were reported from time to time, in essence there were no side effects in the general populationin terms of general mental health and anxiety symptoms, while a slight worsening of depression symptoms was recorded.

women showed slight deterioration in all three categories (general mental health, anxiety, depression), confirming that they had a slightly higher psychological burden during the pandemic. The reason was their increased family and often work responsibilities, and in some cases domestic violence against them.

elderly, students And sexual minorities it was the other groups that, apart from the women, showed slightly increased mental effects. The same is true to some extent for some parents.

On the other hand, overall mental health and symptoms of depression improved in people with pre-existing mental health problems.

“Across all populations, the results show that there was a high level of resilience recorded at the population level during Covid-19, not a mental health crisis, but changes in mental health, with little or no symptoms of anxiety and depression. ‘, the researchers emphasized.

Finally, they pointed out that during the pandemic, no country recorded a significant increase in suicides, instead, some countries saw their decrease.

Author: newsroom

Source: Kathimerini

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