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Depression and insomnia patients on the rise amid prolonged pandemic: Study
Updated: 2021-10-19 09:54:06 KST
Amid reports of the so-called 'Corona Blues', a study has shown the pandemic has led to a rise in people undergoing treatment for depression and insomnia in South Korea.
According to stats provided by the National Health Insurance Service, the number of people suffering from depression increased by about four percent from just under 800-thousand in 2019 to more than 830-thousand last year.
The number of patients with sleep disorder also saw a hike rising by more than three percent in a year to top 656-thousand people in total.
The study also found ADHD and panic disorder patients had gone up as well and the trend, along with rising medical expenses, is prompting officials to call for better welfare regarding mental health.
Reporter : alicosell@arirang.com