COVID-19 lockdown loneliness leading to depressive symptoms – Home alone | The Economic Times
Over a year ago, the first cases of the coronavirus were reported across the globe – leading to lockdowns across countries and people were confined to their houses, and still are. It has also meant increased stress for everyone involved.
According to a new study, loneliness in adults aged 50 and over during the COVID-19 lockdown was linked to worsening depressive and other mental health symptoms.
While loneliness is one of the main causes, a decrease in physical activity since the start of the pandemic was also associated with worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety. Retirement was also a factor, with senior citizens feeling progressively worse.
A long running mental health study, called PROTECT, which began in 2011 added a new questionnaire to study the effects of the pandemic. From May 13 to June 8, the new questions were answered by 3,300 people, of whom 1,900 were long term PROTECT subjects.
With the links only emerging, the study is continuing ahead, with researchers looking to conduct further analysis on groups at particularly high risk – people with cognitive impairment and those with caring roles.