'Staggering' Increase in COVID-Linked Depression, Anxiety
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a dramatic increase in depression, anxiety, psychosis, and suicidality, new research shows. The new data, released by Mental Health America (MHA), came from individuals who completed a voluntary online mental health screen. As of the end of June, over 169,000 additional participants reported having moderate to severe depression or anxiety compared with participants who completed the screen prior to the pandemic. In June alone, 18,000 additional participants were found to be at risk for psychosis, continuing a rising pattern that began in May, when 16,000 reported psychosis risk.
@yash-0 At the beginning of the pandemic, we were asked by a member of the media if we could offer any insight about how anxiety in particular was affecting people during the pandemic, since we were the only ones with a database that could give quantitative detail. The results of their screen could also help find that information in real time.