Pandemic tougher on mental health for women than men

Guadagni noted that there was a progressive rise in anxiety, depression, poor sleep quality and trauma for both men and women, but it was greater for women over time. Photo: Pexels

(Robert Preidt/ Health Day News) — The COVID-19 pandemic may be taking a bigger toll on women’s mental health than on men’s, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers examined the results of an online survey of 112 men and 459 women in Canada. The survey took place between March 23 and June 7, 2020.

During that time, schools and many businesses were closed, and people were told to stay home as much as possible to reduce coronavirus transmission.

More than 66% of the survey participants reported poor sleep quality and more than 39% reported worsening insomnia. All said they had increased anxiety and distress. (…)

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