Scientists Find Differences in Mental Health Within Populations Affected by The Covid- 19 Pandemic

Mental health awareness illustration. http://healththroughquarantine.com/.

Mental health awareness illustration. http://healththroughquarantine.com/.

Daven Heng, Journalist

Symptoms of mental health and sleep problems surge during quarantine, studies by scientists in China, Iran, and Italy found.
Through questionnaires and surveys, studies were conducted with many participants with varying demographics.
“Our study is to determine the impact of mental and psychological symptoms among population in quarantine for 2 weeks during COVID-19 pandemic.” Said Chengmin Wang and others at the Department of Psychiatry in Shenzhen, China.
Studies were taken within April, May and June 2020. The results saw more mental health and sleep issues with those in quarantine.
“Population in quarantine had a higher level of depressive, anxiety, and insomnia symptoms than controls.” Said Chengmin Wang and others at the Department of Psychiatry in Shenzhen, China.
“In conclusion, our study showed that the Italian general population reported a high prevalence of MH issues during the last weeks of lockdown.” Said Maria Rosaria Gualano and others at the Department of Public Health Sciences and Paediatrics, University of Torino.
Dr. Ali Salehinejad and other scientists in Iran, investigated how quarantine affects sleep. “The result: Home quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic had a detrimental impact on both sleep quantity and sleep quality.”
Research from areas first affected by the COVID-19 pandemic showing a detrimental increase in mental health problems, outline the importance of mental health awareness and self care.
References
1. Gualano, Maria Rosaria, et al. “Effects of Covid-19 Lockdown on Mental Health and Sleep Disturbances in Italy.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI, 2 July 2020, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7369943/.
2. Salehinejad, Mohammad Ali, et al. “COVID-19: How a Pandemic Negatively Impacts Our Sleep.” Department of Psychology and Neurosciences, 24 Sept. 2020,
www.ifado.de/neurosciences/2020/09/24/covid-19-how-a-pandemic-negatively-impacts-our sleep/.
3. Wang, Chengmin, et al. “Depressive, Anxiety, and Insomnia Symptoms between Population in Quarantine and General Population during the COVID-19 Pandemic: a Case-Controlled Study.” BMC Psychiatry, BioMed Central, 16 Feb. 2021,
bmcpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12888-021-03108-2.