Understanding how pandemic conditions affect individuals with mood disorders

Posted on July 8, 2020

The study, which was conducted by researchers from Swinburne's Center for Mental Health and the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Center as part of the COVID-19 and you: mental health in Australia now survey (COLLATE), has been published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

Of the respondents who completed the anonymous online COLLATE survey, 29 percent self-reported a mood disorder (either bipolar or depressive disorder) while 71 percent did not report any mental disorder. Participants were then asked to rank their key concerns relating to the COVID-19 situation.

Of the respondents who reported a mood disorder, "Risk of unemployment or reduced employment," "Access to appropriate medical care," and "Personal finances" were ranked in the top 10 most endorsed concerns by respondents with bipolar disorder, while those with depressive disorder instead endorsed "Catching COVID -19 myself," and "Australian economy" within their top 10 concerns.

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Category(s):Mood Swings / Bipolar

Source material from Medical Express