Depression and Anxiety Rise by 25 Percent in the World, Much Still Unrevealed

Suara.com – The World Health Organization or WHO released the latest data showing a 25 percent increase in the prevalence of depression and anxiety in the world due to the pandemic.

This data is obtained based on scientific reports obtained from 90 percent of countries in the world.

Director General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus believes that these findings are only a small part, and there are still unsolved cases of depression.

“The information we have now about the impact of Covid-19 on the world’s mental health is only the tip of the iceberg,” said Dr. Tedros via WHO press release, Thursday (3/3/2022).

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This finding was found, one of the biggest causes of depression due to unprecedented coercion, one of which was social isolation due to the pandemic.

As a result, many people are unable to work or even get social support from their loved ones, leading to loneliness and suffering.

Illustration of depression in men (Unsplash/ Nik Shuliahin)
Illustration of depression in men (Unsplash/ Nik Shuliahin)

“Loneliness, fear of infection, suffering and death of self and others, grief after bereavement, and financial threats are also very impactful and trigger stress that leads to anxiety and depression,” the WHO said in a release.

In fact, it is often also found that many health workers are tired, and are the main triggers for suicidal thoughts.

Of all the criteria for people who experience depression, this WHO report also shows that younger people are more prone to mental problems, to the risk of showing suicidal behavior and self-harm.

In addition, compared to men, women are more vulnerable and have more severe mental disorders. Including people with physical conditions such as asthma, cancer and heart disease are also more likely to develop symptoms of mental disorders.

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