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Web-Based Survey on Depression and Anxiety during COVID-19 Pandemic in View of Homoeopathic Perspective
Background The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a global pandemic February 2020 after it emerged from Wuhan city of China and spread to most of the world. The most common psychological symptoms found during the pandemics are fear, anxiety, loss of sleep, depression, suicidal tendency, etc.
Aim To collect various psychological symptoms, the people are presenting during this type of situations and their proposed homoeopathic treatment.
Methodology A web-based survey was conducted to assess the mental health burden in public during the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and also to explore the potential influencing factors. The data of 314 volunteers were collected and assessed.
Results It was found that the overall proportion of depression and anxiety was 34.4 and 31.21% respectively. About 23.9% of participants had both depression and anxiety. The proportion of depression and anxiety was more in males and age group of 21 to 30 years. Healthcare providers reported more depression and anxiety as compared with other occupations. Among the influencing factors, regular Yoga practice and adequate sleep of 7 hours in the day had good effects in controlling depression and anxiety. Spending time in social media for more than 3 hours a day regularly was also an influencing factor for more depression and anxiety. It was also found that people who frequently got worried about their own health and of near and dear ones had developed more anxiety. The participants who had taken homoeopathic medicines during last month reported less depressive symptoms in comparison to others.
Conclusion Homoeopathy has many remedies which can relieve these psychological symptoms as the principle of homoeopathy is based on individualisation which constitutes the physical as well as the mental sphere.
08 February 2021 (online)
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