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Depression risk had been on the rise even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Depression risk increased during the COVID-19 pandemic on average by 3 percent relative to the baseline depression of 19.3% in 2018. Women, young adults, and low-income workers experienced the largest increase in depression risk between 2019 and 2021.

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There is a critical need in the existing literature to investigate mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of pre–existing trends in depression and other mental health conditions tracked in available data.

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This page is a summary of: Trends in depression risk before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, PLoS ONE, May 2023, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0285282.
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