Impacts of a pandemic on mental health
The Czech population managed the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of mental health. This is proved by an exclusive survey of psychiatrists from our hospital and the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic (ÚZIS). Its aim was to map the effects of the pandemic on the mental and physical health of the public and the doctors themselves. In the coronavirus year, the number of control examinations in psychiatric outpatient clinics and the number of hospitalizations in hospitals decreased. The addressed patients suffered the most from anxiety and the number of people with severe depression increased significantly. At the turn of May and June, over a thousand patients with an average age of 41 years took part in the survey. These are respondents who actually sought health care or were prescribed medication by doctors in the period under review. The survey revealed over 370,000 telephone consultations last year, 1.38 million check-ups in psychiatric outpatient clinics, and doctors issued more than 2.6 million prescriptions for antidepressants.
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