Mental Health

Corona Blue Statistically Proven

As the Covid 19 pandemic is ragged, people feel depressed more and more, statistics prove.

It has been confirmed that as the Covid 19 pandemic continues, more and more people complain of actual depression and lethargy.  The Korean government is considering a new disease classification code for coronavirus depression.

Employment portals Incruit and Albacall conducted three surveys in April, June and September on “Korona depression trends.” According to the survey, to a question on experience of corona blue, 54.7% said yes in April during the social distancing period, 69.2% in June during the living quarantine period, and 71.6%, respectively, during the 2.5th quarantine period in the metropolitan area.  The survey also asked the degree of depression depending on the quarantine level.  As a 10-point scale from 0 to 100, respondents were asked to choose 100 points for “very yes” and “not at all.” As a result, the depression level during the social distancing period was 49.1, 53.3 during the living quarantine period, and 67.2 during the strengthened 2.5 level social distancing period.

In addition, 89.6% of respondents said yes in June and 90.4% in September when asked, “Did you feel the Covid 19 depression getting worse due to the prolonged pandemic?”

Meanwhile, people answered that symptoms of Covid 19 depression during the 2.5 phase of the Seoul metropolitan area were “dullness” (16.2%) and “depression and isolation resulting from social relationships” (14.5%).

In addition, according to data submitted by the Ministry of Health and Welfare on September 30, 2020, the number of counseling sessions for anxiety disorders at mental health and welfare centers reached 18,931 in the first half of this year, up 44.8% from 13,067 last year. Last year, the figure averaged 1,089 per month, but this year, it has tripled to 3,155.

According to the “Status of Depression Medical Expenses Over the Last Five Years” received by Congressman Kim Won, a member of the National Assembly’s Health and Welfare Committee, the cost of treating depression reached 441.3 billion won in 2019, up 45.3% from 2016.

Until the first half of this year, the cost of treating depression was 224.8 billion won, and if the trend continues, the total amount of medical expenses for depression is expected to exceed 450 billion won this year.

Congressman Kim Won-won said, “the number of depression-related diseases in our society is increasing, and the phenomenon is getting worse due to Covid 19.” “We need to manage the quality of mental health management of depression patients by overhauling the certification system and fostering professionalized psychological counseling experts,” he said. He then stressed, “It is most important to prepare the government’s policies and systems to help depressed patients return to society and live together after an appropriate recovery process.”


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