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Concern: Cognitive therapist Stephen Watkins says people are worried that new problems may develop after restrictions are lifted. Photo: Michael MacSweeney

Concern: Cognitive therapist Stephen Watkins says people are worried that new problems may develop after restrictions are lifted. Photo: Michael MacSweeney

Concern: Cognitive therapist Stephen Watkins says people are worried that new problems may develop after restrictions are lifted. Photo: Michael MacSweeney

A leading psychologist is warning that a major surge in anxiety and depression in Ireland over the Covid-19 pandemic will occur only after the lockdown restrictions begin to be eased.

Stephen Watkins, of My Mind, said mental health experts were most concerned about what would happen when travel controls were lifted.

This would be when people worried about the virus suddenly find themselves having to travel, work, manage public life, and cope with the economic fall-out from Covid-19.