Analysis with Google Trends and Our World in Data on Global Mental Health in the Context of the covid-19 Pandemic

Iván Andía-Rodríguez, Valeria Ayala-Laurel, Jimmy Díaz-Carrillo, Marjorie Llange-Sayan, Samanta Picón, Eder Reyes-Reyes, José Armada, Christian R. Mejía

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Introduction: During the covid-19 pandemic, mental health services were unable to cope with the high demand from the population, so many people chose to search the Internet for information that could help them cope with the psychological process they were experiencing at the time. The aim of this study was to characterize the global search trend for the term «psychiatry» in the context of covid-19 using Google Trends and Our World in Data. Methods: Descriptive-cross-sectional study on global search trends for Psychiatry in the context of covid-19 under the terms «psychiatry», «depression», «anxiety», «stress», «insomnia» and «suicide» in the category of health, this was conducted over the period 2020-2021 and time graphs were generated. Results: The term «psychiatry» remained at a consistently high relative search volume (between 60 and 90), with a significant and gradual search in the month of April. The relative search volume for «depression», «anxiety» and «stress» remained constant with some non-significant fluctuations over the period 2020-2021. The term «insomnia» was predominant between January and June 2020, gradually declining in April and remaining constant until October 2021. Finally, the term «suicide» had a fluctuating RBV between 60 and 100 during this period. Conclusions: During the study period, the topics related to mental health and the speciality of psychiatry remained constant, with some fluctuating, but not outstanding variations.

Translated title of the contributionAnálisis con Google Trends y Our World in Data sobre la salud mental mundial en el contexto de la pandemia por covid-19
Original languageAmerican English
JournalRevista Colombiana de Psiquiatria
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes

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  • Covid-19
  • Mental health
  • Pandemics
  • Public health


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