The study indicated suicidal ideation, in which someone contemplates or wishes to die, increased significantly in patients after 2020 compared to patients in 2018 and 2019.
“Suicide prevention is an important and difficult issue in the COVID-19 era,” said the authors, including lead author Suzana Tosik Golubovi from the University of Ni in Serbia.
“Further research studies are needed to explore how mental health outcomes may be reduced during and after the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
During the lockdown, loss of social contacts and employment, economic concerns, fear of illness, feelings of isolation and reduced access to psychiatric treatment acted as stressors that can exacerbate a mental illness or even worsen a previously healthy may indicate such a disease in individuals.
For the study, published in the journal Open Medicine, the team examined patient records at a psychiatric clinic in Serbia and asked patients about their experience of the pandemic.
Researchers examined patients who were admitted to the clinic between May and August 2020, just after Serbia came out of lockdown. They then compared these patients to patients recruited during the same months in 2018 and 2019.
Suicide attempts also increased in 2020 patients, although this trend was not statistically significant. The 2020 patients also showed higher levels of adjustment disorder, in which patients have difficulty adjusting to a stressful situation or event in their lives.
Patients who attempted suicide in 2020 were more likely to be exposed to information about the pandemic on social media and more likely to present with adjustment disorder and major depressive disorder.
Astonishingly, 60 percent of patients who attempted suicide in 2020 had never received psychiatric treatment before, a significantly higher proportion than those who attempted suicide in 2019.
August 09, 2022 Other New York
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