World Depression Day: Don’t Ignore the Signs

Around 300 million people in the world suffer depression, data that have been increased throughout the pandemic of the COVID-19 and that, according to various studies, is related to suicide.

People between 18 and 34 years old are the most affected, since the impact of confinement has aggravated the sensations that lead to suffering from this disorder.

According to a study carried out by researchers of the Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, the probability that a person living in a situation of loneliness will develop a depression it is five times higher than that of one who does not have this kind of feeling.

“It seems that during the pandemic, young people have been the most fragile, perhaps because their relational needs are different. They need a face-to-face contact and more varied than other population groups. The fact that they have been more affected by factors such as loss of job or purchasing power has also been able to influence ”, explains Dr. Joan Domènech, researcher and head of the study.

Other factors are economic problems that affect the risk of suffering depression in any age range, multiplying the probability by 3.5 with respect to those who do not suffer from this problem.

Concern for mental health

After two years of pandemic and lockdowns, internet searches related to the mental health They have grown exponentially by 600%, as indicated by Sant Joan de Déu.

For this reason, this hospital has presented ‘SOM Salut Mental 360’, a digital platform based on co-creation between users, families, health professionals, the social sector and the educational environment, and the general public.

Through this initiative it is intended to inform, accompany, empower and sensitize society about the importance of caring for the mental health of people today more than ever.

“We want it to be a sustainable platform of content and services, which provides knowledge and mastery, and in which professionals from other centers participate, which is why more than 58% of these professionals are external to the institution. This diversity is what makes us stronger ”, indicates Eduardo Serrano, member of the SOM Salut Mental 360 technical-scientific committee.

Adolescence from mental health

Adolescence is a stage of life in which young people close themselves off, reducing their family interaction. Such behavior can lead to major health problems combined with strong emotional, vital and behavioral factors, as well as physical and social.

The pandemic has exacerbated all of these problems. A study by the University of Calgary, in Canada, detects an increase in the depression and anxiety among young people globally, doubling the number of cases with these problems with respect to the pre-pandemic indices.

In Spain, the restrictions applied during confinement were especially severe for children and adolescents compared to other countries, which is why the factors of depression Teen child and adolescent psychiatric emergencies have increased, expose Top Doctors experts.


The pandemic has exacerbated depression among adolescents. (Top Doctors.)

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The intense change in routines, schedules, losses in physical and social activity, as well as overexposure to screens and social networks, has been the determining factor of this increase.

Adding, in addition, the impotence of living with an illness, or a person who suffers from it, and the death of loved ones without the possibility of having a farewell.

“We cannot fail to point out the increase in violence against minors, mistreatment and abuse within the family in this period. And this is a problem because almost half of mental disorders in adulthood develop before the age of 18 ”, points out Olga Albaladejo Juárez, specialist in Psychology, Psycho-oncologist and member of Top Doctors.

World Depression Day: Don’t Ignore the Signs



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Silence in the face of suicide Suicide is associated with most serious mental disorders and, in the case of depression, the risk is 21 times higher than the general population, point out from the Spanish Society of Psychiatry.

In 2020, deaths due to suicide and depression in Spain they rose by 7.4% compared to 2019, with 3,941 registered deaths: 74% of them men (2,938) and 26% women (1,011).

The age range between 50 and 54 years is the one that has registered the most cases with 440 deaths, the month of August being the worst month of the year with 402 deaths of the total.

Child psychiatric emergencies for eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders related to fear of illness and death have also seen a significant increase since March 2020.

All these disorders, added to anxiety and depression, have led to an increase in consultations for self-harm, and recurrent thoughts of suicide.

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