Nearly a quarter of people in the United States are experiencing symptoms of depression, which is about three times the number before the Covid-19 pandemic has begun.
The study published in the journal JAMA Network has highlighted the extent to which the pandemic health crisis could have a toll on mental health.
The survey was carried out and was published in JAMA Network Open, an open-access medical journal published by the American Medical Association. They found that people with lower incomes have extremely effected by the coronavirus that led them to high depression. COVID-19-related stressors were more likely to report depression symptoms than others.
United States depression rates before and after Covid-19
The survey also told that over 5000 United States adults found that 8.5 percent of them showed signs of depression such as feeling down or hopeless, low energy, trouble concentrating, or thinking about self-harm before the involvement of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, this percentage rose to 27.8 percent. It was revealed after the survey when 1500 Americans were tested about their mental health from March to April of this year. This is the main percentage with mental health problems, an addition of 25 percent showed milder signs of depression.
As per the remarks of the researchers, “There is a high burden of depression symptoms in the US associated with the Covid-19 pandemic and that this burden falls disproportionately on individuals who are already at increased risk.”
Time report also reported that people are more likely to suffer symptoms of depression during the coronavirus due to the loss of jobs, deaths of loved ones, and extremely distress financial condition.
However, Reuters reported last month that official data showed that the proportion of people in the United Kingdom suffering from depression almost doubled during the Covid-19 pandemic.