Adults in England were psychologically resilient to the COVID-19 pandemic, study shows
- Overall, primary care presentations for depression or anxiety dropped during the first wave by 4.6 fewer monthly appointments per 1,000 patients and remained lower than expected up to the end of the study (December 2021).
- Self-reported psychological distress in the survey data exceeded expected levels during the first and second waves by 37% and 28% respectively, returning towards expected levels during the third wave.
- Women showed a larger drop in GP presentations compared to men following the pandemic, yet their mental health was more greatly affected.
- Fewer people were started on medications used to treat depression or anxiety, such as antidepressants, however fewer people stopped using their treatment.
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