It should surprise no one that the pandemic has had a devastating effect on our collective mental health. A new study conducted by the CDC during one week in June 2020 summarizes the cost in stark terms.
- Younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers were most affected.
- 41% of respondents reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition.
- 11% of respondents seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.
- Common adverse effects included anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation.
- Anxiety disorders increased over the control time frame by roughly a factor of three.
This image summarizes the results graphically:
You can read the detailed study here:
Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020