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JCBPR. 2021; 10(3): 257-268

Living with COVID-19: Depression, Anxiety and Life Satisfaction during the New Normal in Turkey

Burcu Uysal, Vahdet Gormez, Senem Eren, Ebru Morgül, Belkıs Nilgün Öcal, Hasan Turan Karatepe, Dilruba Sönmez, Feyzanur Taştekne, Mehmed Seyda Tepedelen, Medaim Yanık.

Background: Current findings suggest that many people experience high levels of anxiety, depression and life dissatisfaction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the effects of the pandemic and life changes during the new normal of social restrictions in Turkey are yet to be examined. Aim: This study aimed to investigate the prevalence, correlates and predictors of anxiety, depression and life satisfaction during the new normal of ongoing social restrictions. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study conducted online with 352 participants living in Turkey. Measures included the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7, Patient Health Questionnaire-9, and Satisfaction with Life Scales. Sociodemographic variables and questions relating to the COVID-19 were collected. Results: The results showed that low social communication and the sense of being restricted were significant predictors of probable depression, anxiety symptoms and life dissatisfaction. Of the participants, 91.5% were dissatisfied with their lives during the new normal of social restrictions. In addition, nearly half of the participants showed depression (55.7%) and generalized anxiety symptoms (54.3%). Conclusion: The present study suggested that social communication might be a key factor to improve psychological wellbeing. Considering the long-term effects of the pandemic on public mental health, developing effective preventive measures and intervention strategies are crucial.

Key words: COVID-19; new normal; depression; anxiety, life satisfaction; social communication

Article Language: Turkish English

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