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A study done at the University of Oslo shows that anxiety and depression symptoms in adults have almost tripled during corona virus interventions. At the same time, Kirkens SOS receives twice as many calls dealing with suicide than before the measures.

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This writes nrk.no.

 

Sharp increase in anxiety and depression symptoms

They write further:

- Similar to previous major pandemics, we see a clear increase in anxiety and depression symptoms, says first author Omid Ebrahimi, who is a research fellow at the Department of Psychology at UiO.





He has led the study, which is among the world's first and largest studies of how measures during pandemics are related to mental health.

It is based on a representative survey of 10.084 adults. The researchers looked at the first three weeks of infection control measures during covid-19.

Nrk.no further points out that the main finding was that the researchers saw a two- to three-fold increase in anxiety and depression symptoms in the adult population in Norway during this period.





- It is very important to mention that for most people this will be temporary when the measures are gradually eased, but for some these symptoms will have long-term consequences and we will follow this further, Ebrahimi tells nrk.no.

 

Hotlines: many tell of suicidal thoughts

Nrk.no also writes that Kirkens SOS (a Norwegian hotline for individuals in crisis) has noticed a great demand for their helpline. 

Normally, they receive an average of 500-600 inquiries per day, while now there are 600-900 inquiries per day.

- What has increased the most with us are callers with thoughts that deal with suicide. The number has doubled, says the head of the Kirkens SOS, Lene Hopland Bergset.

 

- A threat to mental health worldwide

Nettavisen.no also writes about a similar case: 

The corona crisis is a threat to mental health worldwide, the UN warns on Thursday, and calls for action to be taken to stem the strain caused by the pandemic.

They write further:

"We know that the current situation, the fear and uncertainty, the economic upheaval, all cause or can cause mental decline," says Devora Kestel, head of the World Health Organization's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

The message from the UN on Thursday is that all countries must include access to psychosocial health services and mental crisis help when formulating their plan for dealing with the corona crisis.

Do you want to know more? Here you can read the whole case nrk.no and Nettavisen.no.

 

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