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Schönthaler, EMD; Dalkner, N; Ratzenhofer, M; Fleischmann, E; Fellendorf, FT; Bengesser, SA; Birner, A; Maget, A; Lenger, M; Platzer, M; Queissner, R; Tmava-Berisha, A; Berndt, C; Martini, J; Bauer, M; Sperling, JD; Vinberg, M; Reininghaus, EZ.
Greater Emotional Distress Due to Social Distancing and Greater Symptom Severity during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Individuals with Bipolar Disorder: A Multicenter Study in Austria, Germany, and Denmark.
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022; 19(13): Doi: 10.3390/ijerph19137626 [OPEN ACCESS]
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Führende Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz
Dalkner Nina
Schönthaler Elena
Co-Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz
Bengesser Susanne
Birner Armin
Fellendorf Frederike
Fleischmann Eva
Lenger Melanie
Maget Alexander
Platzer Martina
Queissner Robert
Reininghaus Eva
Tmava-Berisha Adelina

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health of individuals with bipolar disorders (BD) is potentially more vulnerable, especially regarding COVID-19-related regulations and associated symptomatic changes. A multicentric online study was conducted in Austria, Germany, and Denmark during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, data from 494 participants were collected (203 individuals with BD, 291 healthy controls (HC)). Participants filled out questionnaires surveying emotional distress due to social distancing, fear of COVID-19, and the Brief Symptom Inventory-18 to assess symptom severity at four points of measurement between 2020 and 2021. General linear mixed models were calculated to determine the difference between the groups in these pandemic specific factors. Individuals with BD reported higher distress due to social distancing than HC, independently of measurement times. Fear of COVID-19 did not differ between groups; however, it was elevated in times of higher infection and mortality due to COVID-19. Individuals with BD reported higher psychiatric symptom severity than HC; however, symptom severity decreased throughout the measured time in the pandemic. Overall, individuals with BD experienced more distress due to the COVID-19 situation than HC. A supportive mental health system is thus recommended to ensure enhanced care, especially in times of strict COVID-19-related regulations.

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