November 30, 2021

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Consultant: Suffering 13% with stress, 21% with depression, and 18% with anxiety is an indicator that embodies the scale of the Corona disaster

Psychological consultant Dr. Howaida Al-Hajj Hassan saw that the psychological study conducted by a research team from King Saud University represented by the SABIC Chair for Mental Health Research and Applications on community members and revealed the presence of symptoms of depression at 21%, anxiety at 18%, and stress at 13%, and these percentages were considered Higher than the usual rate in society, it embodies that the pandemic has left behind many psychological repercussions on human health, as well as a rise in psychological conditions, and this is a natural reflection that resulted from many things such as home ban, isolation from entertainment media, lack of presence social communication, The absence of social and recreational activities, and all these facts certainly lead to an individual’s vulnerability to mental illnesses, including anxiety and tension, constant thinking about what will happen tomorrow, anticipation and fear of the unknown fate.

Dr. Howeida considered the Corona pandemic as one of the most dangerous epidemics that the planet has witnessed, because the virus was not limited to one country but the entire world, which made its repercussions include all areas, including health, economic, social and others, as well as the psychological impact on all members of societies, and therefore the high rates of diseases The psychological problem will certainly be equal to the problem of the Corona pandemic.

Dr. Howaida called on members of society to be optimistic, arm themselves with patience, and pray that the cream will lift this scourge soon, heal the sick, have mercy on those who died because of it, and protect everyone, and the members of society should continue to return safely to the success of all recovery plans and continue to apply preventive precautions and health measures to combat Corona.

A scientific study, conducted by a research team from King Saud University represented by the SABIC Chair for Mental Health Research and Applications headed by Dr. Ahmed bin Nayef Al-Hadi, and the membership of Dr. Kholoud bint Muhammad Al-Mansour and Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Orabi, confirmed that the Corona pandemic contributed to raising rates of depression and anxiety. and tension in Saudi society.

The study aimed to measure the psychological impact of the Corona pandemic (Covid-19) on Saudi society. This study was published in the journal BMC Psychiatry, which specializes in psychiatry.

The results of the study showed that the Corona pandemic had a psychological impact on the study participants. Note that the data was collected during the first weeks of the pandemic, specifically in April 2020.

The psychological impact was moderate to severe during the pandemic period; The percentage of depressive symptoms reached 21%, anxiety symptoms 18%, and stress symptoms 13%, which are higher than the usual rate in society.

The study also showed that the rate of depression, anxiety, stress and sleep disturbance was higher in the younger group of the study sample, and in females more than males, as well as higher in people with mental disorders before the pandemic.

The study showed that there is a strong relationship between intolerance to the unknown, which has a significant role in the development of psychological symptoms, depression, anxiety, stress and sleep disturbance. The study also demonstrated a relationship between coping strategies such as denial, self-blame and mental disorders.

The researchers stressed the importance of mental health authorities taking advantage of this study and similar studies to make a well-studied plan to address the psychological impact during crises.