COVID-19 and Lockdown: A Study on the Impact on Mental Health
13 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2020
Date Written: April 15, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic has caused havoc worldwide. India is also going through a challenging situation as the number of infected/positive cases is increasing day by day. With strict preventive measures and restrictions by the Indian Government in the form of nationwide lockdown, the citizens are going through a range of psychological and emotion reactions, fear and uncertainty being one of them. This study was conducted with the aim of exploring the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown on the mental health of individuals. DASS-21 was used to assess Depression, Anxiety and Stress among 1000 respondents. Results suggest that there is a significant difference among Depression, Anxiety and Stress across age, gender and employment. Also, Depression was found to be high among the respondents of age range 15-35 years, Anxiety was found to be prevalent among those belonging to 21-25 years of age and Stress was found to be high in individuals of 21-25 years of age.
Keywords: COVID-19, pandemic, mental health, psychological distress, wellbeing
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