Trajectories of anxiety and depressive symptoms during enforced isolation due to COVID-19 in England: a longitudinal observational study

Published online: December 9, 2020
Daisy Fancourt, Andrew Steptoe, Feifei Bu
The Lancet Psychiatry

Background There is major concern about the impact of the global COVID-19 outbreak on mental health. Several
studies suggest that mental health deteriorated in many countries before and during enforced isolation (ie, lockdown),
but it remains unknown how mental health has changed week by week over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This study aimed to explore the trajectories of anxiety and depression over the 20 weeks after lockdown was announced
in England, and compare the growth trajectories by individual characteristics.

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