BACKGROUND: There are reports from countries and in the scientific literature that COVID-19 affect also mental health worldwide . The aim of this study was to understand the level of depression as a result of the COVID-19 situation and possible associations with sociodemographic variables . SUBJECTS AND
METHODS: It's a cross-sectional study . The participants were 155 respondents recruited online in the period 27.04.2020 until 05.06.2020, who completed the Albanian version of PHQ-9 .
RESULTS: Mean score of depression resulted 10.94 (SD=9.22). 63% of participants agreed that the situation has worsened their psychological state; 35.6% had a mild to severe form of depression and 18.7% had minimal symptoms . 13.4% of participants saw iCBT as helpful , 16.8% a little while 65.8% wanted to try it . Significantly higher depression resulted for females and age-group 18 to 24 years . No significant differences by levels of education, marital status, employment, socio-economic status and by expectations regarding iCBT . Gender and perception of worsened psychological state showed predictive abilities for depression .
CONCLUSION: The situation with Covid-19 has increased depression levels especially among females and 18 to 24 years old and thus expectations for e-psychotherapy . Online treatments seem feasible solutions for outbreak times . Studies in future are needed to better scientifically elaborate these findings.