More than 1,200 South African adults were polled by pharmaceutical company, Pharma Dynamics, in a survey aimed at understanding how the pandemic has affected mental health in the country.
The results showed that 56% of adults are experiencing higher levels of emotional and psychological stress than they were before the pandemic.
In a statement, Mental Health Portfolio Manager at Pharma Dynamics, Abdurahman Kenny, said that people who previously coped well under pressure are now struggling due to unprecedented stress triggers caused by the pandemic. On the other hand, those with pre-existing mental health conditions may have experienced their symptoms getting worse.
According to Kenny, the majority of the survey’s respondents have had personal experience with the coronavirus, either having contracted the virus themselves, or knowing someone close to them who has. This reported exposure subsequently resulted in heightened anxiety levels.
“We are likely to see much higher rates of mental illness among South Africans post the pandemic and need to increase psychosocial support efforts to avoid a COVID-19 related mental health crisis,” Kenny said.
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