80.5% of people have high level of anxiety, thanks to pandemic

 80.5% of people have high level of anxiety, thanks to pandemic 

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73.3 per cent suffered from depression Impact on women higher

Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, August 14

Around 80.5 per cent of the human population suffered from anxiety and 73.3 per cent from depression during Covid-19. revealed a survey conducted by the Association of Physicians of India (Malwa Branch) headed by its chairman Dr Vitul K Gupta.

Meanwhile, Dr Meghna Gupta, Dr Navjot Kaur, Dr Parneet Kaur Hari and Dr Kashish Goyal were the co-authors of the survey titled the “Prevalence of hysteria and depression in India among medicos and non-medicos during Covid-19”. The study has been accepted for publication by the SSR Institute of International Journal of Life Sciences.

The survey included 4,333 humans, of which 2,246 were medicos and a couple of,087 non-medicos. Also, 2,080 were in the age group of 20 to 40 years, 1,854 in 41 to 60 years and 399 were aged over 60. The sample size included 2,741 males and 1,592 females, while 2,335 subjects belonged to Punjab while 1,998 were from out of the state.

The survey was conducted between October 1, 2020, to February 20, 2021, to assess the prevalence of hysteria and depression within the Indian population during the Coronavirus pandemic using hard copies and e-copies of the completely voluntary anonymous questionnaire. Depression symptoms and anxiety were assessed using generalised mental disorder questionnaire-7 (GAD-7) and patient health questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9).

The prevalence of anxiety in the total population stood at 80.5 per cent, including 79.3 per cent among medicos and 81.9 per cent among non-medicos, while 73.3 per cent, including 74.7 per cent medicos and 71.7 per cent non-medicos, were found suffering from depression during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The survey even revealed that the prevalence of hysteria and depression is more among women than men and is nearly the same in Punjab also as out of the state. It also suggested the initiation of urgent measures to deal with psychological state issues and their psychological impacts to contain and curb the adverse effects of mental disorders including anxiety and depression.



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