New data shows that the number of American workers struggling with mental health conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic remains high.
Total Brain has released a Mental Health Index report revealing new data. According to the report, 54 percent of Americans reported having depression between February 3rd and June 28th.
Mental Health and the Pandemic
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“Mental health in the United States has suffered since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Now, months into the pandemic, Americans are showing that they are settling into a state of heightened stress and tension. The initial shock of COVID-19 is wearing off and daily news reports of illness, unemployment, and economic turmoil are routine,” said the report.
The study surveyed a randomized sample of 500 working American adults from all job levels and industries. The study found that 49 percent of the participants suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Fox Business reported. Also, “41 percent are grappling with anxiety and 11 percent are living with addiction.”
The state of Americans’ mental health does not come as a shock. After all, millions of people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
“Many people will continue to develop mental health issues as a result of this pandemic because so much is steeped in uncertainty. Employment has been precarious for a number of people, financial instability remains an immense worry, and, as cases continue to rise across the country, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight,” Dr. Lawrence Weinstein, chief medical officer of the American Addiction Centers, said to Fox Business.
Therapists have been using Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)-compliant platforms when conducting remote sessions with clients.
“Extended stress of this magnitude can take some time to recover from. Stress management tools and other online resources may be the best recourse for some to manage life amidst such unpredictability,” Weinstein said.