After more than 50 days in confinement, studies begin to come to light that show the effects that the population may have suffered. Different surveys have been carried out to find out which are those states in which people have been affected. One of them emphatically states that 30% of the population could present generalized anxiety disorders and in addition to the alteration of sleep patterns. The study continues explaining that 50% may need to see a professional for their intervention.
The survey is based on a sample of half a thousand people and determines that 20% of respondents admit to passing anxiety and 15% sleep disorders.
The professor in Psychology of the personality of the UNED, Ángel Vallejo, who has led the study has stated that: “They are preliminary data, but valuable for planning the approach to the problem.”
The average age of the study is 40 years, 73% women and more than half with university studies. 90% are not affected by the coronavirus. It determines that 1 in 3 participants has any of the disorders and that 1 in 5 requires professional help.
The most worrisome of the study is based on the sleep disturbances suffered by 1 in 3 interviewees, which leads to anxiety and depression, according to the study researchers.
“We have been able to verify that one out of three participants has a generalized anxiety disorder, exceeding the score of 10 in the questionnaire GAD, according to normative criteria validated for Spain. On the other hand, one in five also requires professional intervention for depression, according to the PHQ-9, by exceeding the score of 14 ”, explains the director of the investigation.
It has also been detected that protection measures against the virus, personal, such as hand washing, or social, such as maintaining physical distance between people, do not reduce emotional discomfort, nor does the time spent searching for information. about the virus. And that the pandemic is the star issue and occupies much of the day to day influences slightly and negatively on emotional well-being.
Lastly, the professor highlighted that: “On the contrary, the results indicate that people who blame themselves, twist and turn their thoughts, deny or hide discomfort, or opt for social isolation, enhance the problem and obtain higher scores in anxiety, depression and sleep disorders, acting as risk factors “.