The number of #adults suffering from #depression and #anxiety has increased in the country during the #Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study by the #NationalInstituteofMentalHealth (NIMH).
In a survey, 46 percent of the #patients suffering from different types of #mentalhealthissues have reported suffering from #depression as well, while 33 percent have reported #anxiety in 2020 and 2021 — multiple folds higher compared to the previous study in 2018.
In 2018, the prevalence of reported #depression was 6.7 percent among #adults, while that of #anxiety was only 4.7 percent.
In general, the prevalence of #mentalhealthillnesses all in all was 18.7 percent in 2018, according to the study.
“We compared the findings of several studies done in 2020 and 2021 with the 2018 nationwide #mentalhealth survey. Based on this, it is confirmed than the prevalence of #anxiety has increased four to six folds during the #pandemic,” Dr Helal Uddin Ahmed, co-author of the latest bulletin published by the IEDCR, told The Daily Star yesterday.
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The study suggested that the collateral damage from the #pandemic has continued with more people reporting rising levels of #anxiety, #depression and even suicidal thoughts.
Worryingly, around 38 people daily, and around 14,000 throughout the year, have committed #suicide since March 2020, when the #pandemic had begun, said the study revealed in a bulletin published by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
Of them, at least seven had committed #suicide “specifically due to #Covid-19 related reason”, according to the investigator of the latest NIMH study.
In 2019, this average was 32 per day, according to another study published in medRxiv journal by two researchers of the department of public health and informatics at Jahangirnagar University.
Physicians at the NIMH said they observed signs of deteriorating #mentalhealth in reaction to the toll of #coronavirus infections and deaths and to the life-altering restrictions imposed by lockdowns.
He said, “The #Covid-19 #pandemic has already turned syndemic. It means that the #pandemic is creating many problem [along with physical health issues] in human life indirectly. People from all occupations are suffering from a #mentalcrisis. So, we have to put importance of the issue of #mentalhealth.”
THE REASONS AND WAYOUT
According to the NIMH study, panic over being infected with the #virus, uncertainty over getting treatment, fear of death, economic upheaval and unemployment were among the reasons contributing to the #mentalhealthcrisis.
The IEDCR bulletin also mentioned that the healthcare staffers of all levels are also suffering from #stress and losing confidence due to #Covid-19, which is badly affecting their #mentalhealth.
In this context, experts have suggested not to panic due to #Covid-19 or any other reasons.
“We observed that the #mentalhealth problems have increased among people of all ages in different forms during the #pandemic year. While the #coronavirus disease itself is causing #mental problems, the uncertainty over livelihood due to the lockdown has further aggravated it,” Dr Nayem Akhter Abbassi, psychiatrist at the NIMH, told The Daily Star yesterday.
Dr Selim said, “Unless we can keep #mental strength, we will not be able to sustain this #pandemic. We have to take this #pandemic as [a] normal [issue], because it will not be over soon. We have to learn how to live with #Covid-19 instead of panicking.”
“Panic weakens the normal immunity of the human body. So, it is urgent to reduce #mentalstress,” the study said.
To stay safe from #mentalillness, the study mentioned made some suggestions, which include sleeping regularly on time, staying busy with favourite topics and tasks, spending quality time with family members, doing physical exercise every day, performing religious rituals at home, and being kind to others.