By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Sept. 10, 2021 (HealthDay News)
When you got your first COVID-19 jab, did you breathe a sigh of relief? If so, you’re not alone.
U.S. adults who got the vaccine between December 2020 and March 2021 experienced a 4% reduction in their risk of being mildly depressed and a 15% drop in their risk of severe depression, researchers reported Sept. 8 in the journal PLOS ONE.
“People who got vaccinated experienced a reduction in mental distress, suggesting that the relief of reduced health risk translates into a reduction in stress,” said lead researcher Francisco Perez-Arce, a Washington, D.C.-based economist with the University of Southern California Center for Economic and Social Research.
For this study, Perez-Arce and his colleagues surveyed participants in the Understanding America Study, an ongoing look at more than 8,000 adults across the nation.
Starting when the vaccines became available in