SA hit hard by mental illness due to pandemic
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Discovery Health Medical Scheme revealed that psychology visits per 1 000 lives in July 2021 were 16.2% higher than in the corresponding period in 2019.
According to the estimates in the Lancet study, published on October 8, countries hit hardest by the pandemic in 2020 had the greatest increases in mental illnesses, with SA among the worst affected. The incidence of anxiety disorders rose by more than 36%, while depression soared by 38%. Globally, anxiety disorders jumped by 26% and depression rose by 28% above pre-pandemic levels.