Significant increase in symptoms of anxiety and depression during the corona crisis

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The Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo has conducted a study showing a two- to three-fold increase in symptoms of anxiety and depression during the corona crisis.

The findings are based on a representative survey of 10,084 adults in Norway, reports NRK. The researchers looked at the first three weeks with infection control measures.

“As in previous major pandemics, we see a clear increase in anxiety and depression symptoms,” says Omid Ebrahimi, a research fellow at the Psychological Institute at UiO, and leader of the study.

“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 continue to monitor this,” says Ebrahimi to NRK.

At the same time, Kirkens SOS reports a 25 per cent increase in the number of inquiries compared to the same period last year. The number of people calling the emergency phone with suicidal thoughts has doubled.

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