Frequency of depression among mental health patients in the POST-COVID-19 ERA.


  • Muhammad Imran Javid Khorfakkan Ministry JCI Accredited Hospital Sharjah UAE.
  • Hanan Alressi Khorfakkan Ministry JCI Accredited Hospital Sharjah UAE.



Anxiety, COVID-19, Depression, GAD-7, PHQ-9


Objective: The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7) scales were used to determine the frequency of depression and anxiety in COVID-19-positive people. Study Design: Cross Sectional study. Setting: Qateef Hospital Kingdom of Saudia Arabia. Period: 25th April, 2021 to 18th May, 2021. Material & Methods: 450 participants were enrolled in this study. Both genders were included who had COVID positive but suffering from depression and anxiety were included in this study. In this study all participants were completed questionnaires describing their social and demographic status, as well as PHQ-9 for depression and GAD-7 for anxiety. To analyze the continuous and categorical data the SPSS version 20 was used. Results: Over four hundred and fifty subjects participated in this cross-sectional study with the age of 49.91±12.2 years. In addition, according to the findings when the PHQ-9 scoring is significant in old age people whereas the GAD-7 is significantly found in young age. Conclusion: The study found the evidence about the probable psychologic difficulties associated with this pandemic and underline the necessity for PHQ-9 and GAD-7 for assessing mental health. The findings of this research provide light on the emotional condition of post-COVID-19 patients and indicate the necessity for depression and anxiety treatment by a psychiatrist. This research will focus in the future on how strongly depression and anxiety in the participants predict mental disorders following COVID-19.

Author Biographies

Muhammad Imran Javid, Khorfakkan Ministry JCI Accredited Hospital Sharjah UAE.

MRCP UK, FCPS PK, Specialist Physician, 

Hanan Alressi, Khorfakkan Ministry JCI Accredited Hospital Sharjah UAE.