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COVID-19 pandemic triggers 25% increase in prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide

Alison Brunier

World Health Organization

5 mins

News release

2 March 2022

Original Content 

In the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by a massive 25%, according to a scientific brief released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. The brief also highlights who has been most affected and summarizes the effect of the pandemic on the availability of mental health services and how this has changed during the pandemic.

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