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What's Changing? - Depression



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October 2021

  • A Lancet study showed how widespread the impact of the pandemic has been on the world's mental health. Across 204 countries, cases of major depressive disorder and severe anxiety increased by more than a quarter between 2019-2021, with women and younger adults more likely to deal with these issues. Frontline workers also faced higher levels of burnout, and there aren’t enough behavioural health professionals to meet the demand. But there’s also reason for optimism, the WHO says, as more countries invest in mental health services.


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May 2021

  • About one in five adults in Great Britain experienced some form of depression during the second peak of coronavirus in early 2021, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figure was a rise from November 2020 - when 19% experienced depressive symptoms - and double that seen before the pandemic - when it was 10%. Younger adults and women were the groups most likely to experience some form of depression, with more than 40% of women aged 16-29 affected. This compared with 26% of men of the same age.
  • A new wave of interest is psychedelics is reportedly sweeping through psychiatry; it’s believed psychedelics could prove useful for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. The WHO says depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide


April 2021

  • Brazilian researchers found that religion alleviates depressive symptoms in believers. Published in the journal Trends in Psychology, the researchers asked 279 volunteers (72 percent female) to respond to an online questionnaire that focused on intrinsic religiosity, meaning in life, and levels of anxiety and depression. The team concluded, "intrinsic religiosity has a protective effect against depression symptoms; however, it occurs indirectly, via meaning in life." One defining symptom of depression is an inability to foresee a better future. This new research may entertain an intrinsic sense of belief in the sacredness of life as a natural antidepressant, as Robert Sapolsky phrased it. During a time of growing unease, the suspension of disbelief might be what the doctor ordered - for some at least
  • People diagnosed with Covid-19 in the previous six months were more likely to develop depression, dementia, psychosis and stroke, researchers found. A third of those with a previous Covid infection went on to develop or have a relapse of a psychological or neurological condition. But those admitted to hospital or in intensive care had an even higher risk. This is likely to be down to both the effects of stress, and the virus having a direct impact on the brain.


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November 2020

  • Many COVID-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists claimed, after a large study found 20% of those infected with the coronavirus are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days. Anxiety, depression and insomnia were most common among recovered COVID-19 patients in the study who developed mental health problems. The researchers from Oxford University also found significantly higher risks of dementia.


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May 2020

  • Big Think pointed to a​​​​n online survey that compared the impact of dating habits on the mental health of people who use swipe-based dating apps and those who don't. 20 percent of participants who use swipe-based dating apps reported a significantly higher level of psychological distress compared to those who didn't. 19 percent of current users reported more depressive symptoms as a result of swipe-based dating app use, compared to 9 percent of the people surveyed who did not use a dating app.


December 2019


September 2019

  • study found that six times more young people in England (aged four to 24) have psychological problems today than a generation ago, in 1995. Budget cuts to social work, youth services, the NHS and state schools over the last decade mean that many young people experiencing problems do not get any help at all before they reach university, where they meet a new set of challenges.


May 2019

  • It turns out that it's not the richest countries that suffer from the highest rates of depression, but the most violent, the poorest and the most unequal ones. The data comes from the study"Burden of depressive disorders (by Ferrari et al.), published in PLoS Medicine in 2013. The study showed that just over 4% of the world's population was clinically depressed at that time - but that rate varies greatly per country. For example, Afghanistan's abnormally high rate of depression shows - unsurprisingly - that decades of armed conflict and economic misery can have a devastating effect on the mental health of a population.
  • A Quartz analysis showed that mentions of “depression” and “anxiety” have increased in pop and hip-hop songs, while use of the word “peace” has declined.


February 2019

  • A Pew survey found that anxiety and depression were now the biggest concerns for US teens, with 70% of respondents considering both to be a “major problem.”


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