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In the first month of restrictions, clinically-significant depressive and generalised anxiety symptoms, thoughts of being better off dead or of self-harm, and irritability were at least double those in non-COVID affected populations. In addition, one in four had mild to moderate symptoms. The most vulnerable people had lost jobs, lived alone or in poorly-resourced areas, were providing care to dependent family members, were members of marginalised minorities, women, or young.
Care is needed to understand the nature and respond to the very high prevalence of these problems.
Depression, and thoughts of being better off dead, are most likely to occur when people feel trapped, humiliated, and powerless17-19 and have experienced loss. Disenfranchised20,21 grief describes experiences of loss which might not be recognised, by self or others and lead to disbelief, yearning, uncertainty, and sadness. Everyone experienced some loss of liberty, autonomy, and agency as everyday activities were restricted, some precluded. Privacy was lost with the close scrutiny of adherence to health behaviours, but paradoxically, enforced through required isolation. Many people lost events of lifetime significance: weddings, end-of-life support for loved ones, or milestone celebrations. Occupational identity and capacity to earn an income are fundamental to adult individuality, sense of purpose, and autonomy. Loss of these is profound and associated directly with demoralisation and depression. Unrecognised losses do not attract increased social support or rituals that accompany bereavement. They can induce powerlessness, rather than the problem-solving that is needed to reduce psychological pain. Anxiety is elevated in situations of threat or invisible danger and uncertainty, in particular where definite parameters about duration and evidence underpinning specific restrictions could not be provided.
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