More Americans Struggling With Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts Caused by Coronavirus Pandemic

MORE THAN 4 IN 10 Americans are struggling with mental health issues stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, a new survey found.

The most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 41% of respondents have faced mental health challenges related to COVID-19 and steps taken to combat the pandemic, including social distancing and stay-at-home orders.

Taken from June 24-30, about one-third of respondents, or 31%, said they were experiencing anxiety or depression symptoms. Thirteen percent said they had started or increased substance use and 26% said they were experiencing trauma or stress-related disorder symptoms.

Eleven percent of respondents said they had seriously considered suicide in 30 days prior to the survey.

“U.S. adults reported considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19,” the report said. “Younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers and unpaid adult caregivers reported having experienced disproportionately worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and elevated suicidal ideation.”

According to the CDC, the prevalence of symptoms of anxiety was approximately three times those reported during the same time period last year.

Respondents 18 to 24 years old were most likely to suffer mentally from the pandemic, with 75% of the age group saying they had at least one adverse mental or behavioral health symptom. About half, or 52%, of people aged 25 to 44 years old said the same.

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SOURCE: US News and World Report, Alexa Lardieri