many Argentines will suffer post-traumatic stress

This is indicated by experts in psychology after studies that indicate that a third of the population is experiencing a “significant” depressive or anxious state

A survey carried out by the Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience (Conicet / Ineco / Universidad Favaloro) with more than 10,000 people found that a third of those surveyed were experiencing a “significant” depressive or anxious state, a figure that could be expanded as quarantine is extended.

“Through online questionnaires, we asked a battery of questions to 10,053 people, from all over the country, between 18 and 84 years old, who answered at the end of the first week of isolation. And we verified that 33% expressed some condition compatible with a possible depression, “said psychiatrist Marcelo Cetkovich, medical director of Ineco and one of the study’s authors, to Perfil. And the expert added that the psychological effects of the pandemic are known to be cumulative.

According to the specialist, “a clear increase in distress was perceived, which has to do with overcrowding and uncertainty. The two emotions that dominate today are fear and sadness. And that leads to symptoms of depression, which are generated by the loss of ‘things’, from friends to work situations “.

On the other hand, the expert assured that “immobility is inducing depressive symptoms and physical activity has a protective effect”, so that “those who exercise regularly have lower rates of depression prevalence and there are specialists who include activation Physics as a therapeutic tool “.

In addition, the professional indicated that the pandemic will leave mental health problems in the medium term, since “the evidence indicates that when this happens we will have a lot of people with persistent symptoms of acute and post-traumatic stress.”

“It will affect health professionals and also those who have overcome the disease or those who have lost a family member, because they are very particular deaths, without family assistance and without being able to mourn.” In this sense, he stated that “those who have undergone intensive therapy, perhaps up to 50% develop post-traumatic stress pathologies.”

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