The document “Global prevalence and weight of depression and anxiety disorders in 204 countries and territories in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic”. It reveals that “the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment in which many determinants of poor mental health are exacerbated.”

Countries with the greatest depression and anxiety due to COVID-19

The study highlighted a list of countries in Latin America with high levels of these conditions, including:

Mexico
Belize
Honduras
Guatemala
Panama
Ecuador
Peru
chili
Argentina
Bolivia

Countries that raised the depression rate

Globally, the countries that increased the depression and anxiety index are: Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, South Africa and Turkey.

The Lancet noted that “it is imperative to have information on the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health in a way that informs the responses of the health system” of each country.

Medical profession: with more mental risks

It turns out that doctors are more prone to mental health problems than any other profession. Their working conditions are more stressful and punishing than anything.

A report in the British Medical Journal in 2011 found that a third of physicians have a mental health disorder. A survey conducted last year by the Royal College of Physicians among young doctors found that 70% worked in a rotation that lacked permanent staff. 80% felt that their work put them under undue stress and a quarter felt it had a serious impact on their mental health.

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Conventional wisdom says that doctors cauterize your emotions to protect yourself, but evidence suggests that, in fact, suppressing your feelings causes them to flare up more quickly.

Impact of COVID-19 on Mexican doctors

María Zavala, psychologist in the mental health area at Hospital Regional 72 of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), in Tlalnepantla, explains that the problem is that they are on the edge.

Even if the pandemic ends today, it is highly likely that these personnel will be left with psycho-emotional consequences, such as post-traumatic stress and anxiety depressive, which psychologists and psychiatrists who have turned to care for their colleagues try to avoid.

Therefore, from now on it is clear that the psychological and psychiatrist attention to doctors on the Covid front is long-term, because it is a problem triggered.

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