- The Office for National Statistics questioned 13,000 people about their mental health
- It found that two in ten Britons (17 per cent) were depressed this summer
- This was above the levels before the pandemic began when it was one in ten
Official data shows that depression rates in the UK have started to fall after shootings during the Covid pandemic.
The Office for National Statistics estimated that 10 per cent of adults in the UK were depressed before the virus first hit.
It more than doubled to 21 percent last winter after two brutal waves of the pandemic and three lockdowns, with women and youth being the worst hit.
The ONS estimates that the ratio dropped to 17 percent last month, based on its rolling survey of about 14,000 people across the country.
Lockdowns, social isolation, job cuts and fears about the pandemic have been linked to higher rates of depression in other studies.
Most COVID restrictions and social restrictions have been lifted around the UK since the summer, despite some variation between countries. For example, wearing a face mask is mandatory in most indoor public places in Scotland and Wales.
The furlough scheme ended this week and there are concerns it could lead to a wave of job losses.
Official data shows depression rates in the UK are falling after shootings during the Covid pandemic. The Office for National Statistics estimated that 10 percent of adults in the UK were depressed before the virus first hit
This hit a record 21 per cent last winter after two brutal waves of the pandemic and three lockdowns, with women and youth being hit hardest. The ONS estimates that the ratio has dropped to 17 percent last month, based on its rolling survey of about 14,000 people across the country.
Women and youth have been most likely to admit to having persistent depression. People with disabilities (36 percent) and the medically vulnerable (28 percent) were also more likely to experience depression than the fit (8 percent) and the healthy (16 percent).
The ONS report found that between July 21 and August 15, one in six adults experienced some form of depression (17 percent).
One in three women aged 16 to 29 said they suffered from the condition (32 percent), compared to 20 percent of men in the same age group.
Tim Wizard, head of the ONS policy evidence and analysis team, said: ‘Today’s data shows that while a proportion of adults have experienced some form of depression, levels are still above where they were pre-pandemic. .
‘Young adults, women and people with disabilities are more likely to experience some form of depression, along with the unemployed and unable to afford unexpected expenses.’
To estimate the prevalence of depression in the country, participants were asked whether they took little pleasure in doing things and how often they had felt hopeless, hopeless or depressed in the past two weeks.
NHS study says three-quarters of older teenage girls ‘may have an eating disorder’ after pandemic impacts youth’s mental health
A major NHS study warns that up to half of older teens could be suffering from an eating disorder.
Data from the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Survey, published by the NHS, shows that the number of children aged 11 to 17 with an eating problem has nearly doubled since 2017.
The research also found that one in six children in England now has a mental health problem, an increase from one in nine in 2017.
Nearly one in six older teens was suspected of having an eating disorder, which can include anorexia and bulimia in extreme cases.
Meanwhile, about 76 percent of girls aged 17 to 19 were found to have a ‘potential eating problem’ – up from 61 percent four years ago.
Among boys of the same age, this figure was 41 percent.
Professor Tamsin Ford, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Cambridge, stressed that the number of children reporting difficulties with eating was not the same as those diagnosed with eating disorders, adding that it was not yet possible to know the reason for the sharp increase. .
The results also showed that adults living alone (23 percent) experienced depression this summer compared to those living in multi-person households (16 percent).
People with disabilities (36 percent) and the medically vulnerable (28 percent) were more likely to experience depression than the fit (8 percent) and the healthy (16 percent).
Unemployed adults were twice as likely to experience some form of depression (31 percent) than those who were employed or self-employed (11 percent).
It comes after a major NHS study warned yesterday that children’s mental health has been worsening in recent years and could be worsened by the pandemic.
Research found that one in six children in England now has a mental health problem, a rise from one in nine in 2017.
Professor Dame Till Wykes, a clinical psychologist at King’s College London, said ‘the epidemic may have accelerated’.
She told MailOnline: ‘But it seems to be part of the long-term progress and recognition of mental health difficulties in youth.’
England has faced three COVID lockdowns since March 2020, forcing the entire country to stay at home and schools and universities online.
There were many other restrictions that placed limits on social groups.
The two-year GCSE and A level students noticed that their exams were disrupted, creating a quandary for many seeking a place in the university.
Professor Vicks said he would have been more surprised if the mental health of children had not been affected during the pandemic.
She said: ‘Most people have encountered ‘a little’ and it would have been a surprise to all of us if they hadn’t said so.
‘We wanted to hang out with friends, watch work…