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Portuguese study finds worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety during a pandemic

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Portuguese study finds worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety during a pandemic

The researcher emphasizes that “there is still a huge need to invest in mental health.”

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A study by the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP), which involved 929 people, concluded that the majority of participants with symptoms of depression and anxiety associated their worsening with the covid-19 pandemic.

In an interview with Lusa, researcher Ana Sofia Aguiar explained that the study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, arose out of “the need to assess the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the mental health of the Portuguese.” …

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The study, which was conducted on the basis of an online survey using the snowball method, was attended by 929 people, mainly women (70.9%) and with higher education (75.4%).

More than half of the participants were between the ages of 18 and 39 and lived in the northern region of the country (63.5%).

Information gathered between November 2020 and February 2021 led the researchers to conclude that of the 929 participants, 26.9% had symptoms of anxiety, 7% of depression, and 20.4% of both disorders, “especially after starting treatment.” pandemic”.

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In addition, 23.1% of participants developed moderate anxiety symptoms and 17% developed depression, also moderately.

“I did not expect to find such a high prevalence, given that we have a highly educated population that is more protected from the economic and social consequences that prevail in our country due to the pandemic,” said Ana Sofia Aguiar.

According to the researcher, “the vast majority of participants (521) associated worsening anxiety and depression symptoms with the pandemic.”

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Of the more than 900 participants, 7.9% have been unemployed since the onset of the covid-19 pandemic and 6.8% have been food insecure, meaning they have been unable to access nutritionally adequate food for economic reasons.

“It was concluded that younger people, women, better educated citizens and those in food insecurity posed an increased risk of developing anxiety symptoms,” he added.

Researcher highlights lack of investment in mental health

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Given the findings, Ana Sofia Aguiar emphasized that “there is still a huge need for investment in mental health”.

“Right now, there is still stigma and mysticism around what mental health is. This is frowned upon by the general population and is still a problem.“, he said.

In addition to the stigma associated with mental health, the researcher defended another problem – “lack of adequate communication”.

“With regard to the public health agenda and the country, particular attention should be paid to the burden of disability associated with anxiety disorders in Portugal,” he added.

The study is part of Ana Sofia Aguiar’s doctoral project, which received funding from the Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) and the European Social Fund Program.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets Ptix.bm For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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CRISTANO RONALDO CAN MAKE UP A GIANT IN CARIOCA AND PORTUGUESE TECHNICIAN SAYS ‘There will be room’

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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