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Depression increases among British during quarantine


A doctor at Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge, England, on May 21, 2020.

A doctor at Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge, England, on May 21, 2020.

AP

Rates of depression among the British population have risen since lockdown measures were imposed in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the national statistics agency reported Tuesday.

The depression rate among adults was 19.2% in June compared to 9.7% between July 2019 and March of this year, the National Statistics Office said.

The agency, which tested the same 3,527 adults before and during the pandemic, noted that stress and anxiety are the most common signs of depression among adults.

In the strictest stage of the quarantine, which has been loosened for the past two months, people were isolated from their family and friends. In addition, many lost their jobs due to the strong economic impact of the disease.




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