A mixed team of British psychologists has determined that the levels of anxiety and depressions rose after the coronavirus lockdown was declared in the UK. The surge was quite significant, but the number of people who reported symptoms associated with anxiety or depression began to decrease in the following days. To learn more about the way in which the current social context affects the population, researches from two different universities developed a joint study on the coronavirus anxiety.
A comprehensive survey was developed, and more than two thousand people in the UK agreed to participate. The participants responded to questions related to their current situation, how they understand COVID-19, and the way in which they cope with the pandemic from a mental point of view.
Answers which inferred a lower anxiety or depression feelings were encountered among senior citizens, yet they were also more likely to trust neighbors and feel integrated within their neighborhoods.
Social distancing is behind the coronavirus anxiety
At the opposite pole, many young participants felt more anxious or depressed, and young couples with children featured increased rates. Higher rates were also recorded among participants who live in urban areas, already have one or more health ailments or lower income. A notable fact is that social media has very low trust levels when it comes to the opportunity to learn more information about COVID-19.
The majority of the participants are aware of and practices many of the rules and tips featured in the health guidelines. 95% of the respondents have stated that they washed their hands with soap and warm water more often, while more than 76% believe that social distancing is an efficient way to prevent the spread of the virus to other people.
Many participants gave their accord to be contacted in the future, allowing researchers to track the way in which their coronavirus anxiety might change. The study was conducted by the researchers from the Ulster University, as reported by BBC.