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South Korea and Japan investigation rings alarm bell: Beware of depression under the Pandemic

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People line up to buy masks outside department stores in Seoul, South Korea, March 3, 2020. ( Photo by Wang Jingying, reporter of Xinhua News Agency)

January 24 Some recent surveys in South Korea, Japan and other countries show that with the continuation of the COVID-19 Pandemic, people’s mood is depressed, and even anxious and angry has increased significantly, and people’s mental health problems should be paid attention to.

Yonhap reported on the 23rd that the Korean Institute for Health Promotion and Development recently launched a survey called “Health Status under the Pandemic”.

The results showed that 40.7% of the respondents said that they had depression symptoms in the COVID-19 Pandemic, with more women than men.

These respondents are between 20 and 65 years old.

Medical experts believe that the coronavirus Pandemic has lasted for a year, and it is difficult for people to maintain their previous daily life patterns. The resulting pressure is accumulating, which is easy to lead to depression, anger and anxiety.

The Pandemic in South Korea’s capital circle is more serious than in other regions.

According to a survey released by the Seoul Municipal Government last September, nearly 40% of Seoul citizens admitted that their mental health conditions have deteriorated due to the Pandemic, including depression, anxiety and other manifestations.

According to the survey, loneliness, economic depression, social distancing measures and other measures have led to fewer leisure life and outdoor activities.

A research team involved in Tokyo Health and Longevity Medical Center published a survey in the British journal on the 15th of this month that the suicide rate in Japan increased significantly during the second wave of the coronavirus Pandemic, which is related to the mental burden of people staying at home for a long time.

The survey found that the suicide rate in Japan fell by 14% year-on-year during the first wave of 2020 in the first half of 2020, but the suicide rate in the second wave of the Pandemic increased by 16% year-on-year from July to October of the same year.

The research team believes that during the first wave of the Pandemic, many factors such as government subsidies, shortened working hours and commute hours, and school closures to reduce the burden on children helped to relieve people’s mental stress.

People walk past closed shops on a street in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, on January 22. ( Photo by Du Xiaoyi, Xinhua News Agency)

Preliminary data released by the Japanese Police Agency on the 22nd showed that the number of suicides in Japan in 2020 increased for the first time since 2009, with a total of 20,919 suicides in the whole year, of which the number of suicides by women increased significantly.

Officials of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said that the emotional and economic pressure caused by the coronavirus Pandemic are a major reason for the rise in suicides.

On January 22, at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, Japan, people walked past a notice with the reduction of late-night running trains and other contents. ( Photo by Du Xiaoyi, reporter of Xinhua News Agency)

According to the data of the Japanese Police Agency, from January to November 2020, the number of suicides in primary and secondary school students in Japan was 440, the highest since the relevant statistics began in 1980.

According to a survey released by the National Center for Adult Care Research in September 2020, more than 70% of primary and secondary school students in Japan have used violence and inability to concentrate due to irritability during the Pandemic.

Some children have even acted to hurt themselves and use violence against pets or family members.

Experts suggest that in order to overcome depression during the Pandemic, it is particularly important to maintain a regular rest. Doing stretching, walking and other physical exercises indoors can help you get rid of depression and depression.

In addition, listening to music, bathing, and maintaining contact with relatives and friends through the Internet can help relieve mental stress.

Kim Joon-hyung, a professor in the Department of Mental Health Medicine of Jiulao Hospital of the University of Korea, reminded people to ask for help from doctors when they feel psychological problems.

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