RESPOND collaborators at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Sant Joan de Déu Research Foundation have just published a new article entitled: “Changes in depression and suicidal ideation under severe lockdown restrictions during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain: a longitudinal study in the general population”.
The authors sought to assess whether there was a change in the prevalence of depression and suicidal ideation after the first COVID-19 lockdown measures, as well as to find factors associated with experiencing depression or suicidal ideation during the lockdown.
Younger people and those experiencing loneliness were shown to be at higher risk of developing depression during the pandemic whereas individuals over the age of 50 showed decreased rates of depression. In the general population, however, the rates of depression and suicidal ideation did not significantly change. Protective factors include resilience (for depression and suicidal ideation) and the experience of having social support (for suicidal ideation only).
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- Ayuso-Mateos JL, Morillo D, Haro JM, Olaya B, Lara E, Miret M (2021). Changes in depression and suicidal ideation under severe lockdown restrictions during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain: a longitudinal study in the general population. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences 30, e49, 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1017/S2045796021000408