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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The mental health state of people across the United States looks grim, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control.

Anxiety, depression and substance abuse disorders are at an all time high. Not only that, but the number of Americans considering suicide is skyrocketing.

Scientists interviewed 5,412 people aged 18 and over between June 24 and June 30. Forty-one percent of respondents said they had had “at least one mental health or behavioral health problem” in the past month – a number three to four times higher than at the same time in 2019.

Specifically, 31% reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, while 26% reported suffering from trauma and stress disorder (TSRD) as a direct result of the pandemic. Thirteen percent of those surveyed now turn to alcohol and / or drugs to cope with their emotional turmoil and 11% have seriously considered suicide in the past thirty days.

Mental and behavioral health declines rapidly in some populations more than in others. Seventy-five percent of young adults aged 18 to 24 admit to having difficulty, as do those previously diagnosed with anxiety (73%), depression (69%) and post-traumatic stress disorder ( 88%). Essential caregivers, unpaid family caregivers as well as those with less than a high school diploma are not far behind at 54%, 67% and 66%, respectively.

Report results indicate Hispanics are the hardest hit, showing a “higher prevalence of symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, TSRD linked to COVID-19, increased drug addiction and suicidal ideation” compared non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic Asians. Blacks also reported higher levels of drug addiction and seriously considered suicide compared to others.

Suicidal thoughts were more common among men than women, regardless of race, and about 22% of essential workers and 31% of unpaid caregivers were considering suicide at the time of the survey.

The authors say that factors linked to the pandemic such as social isolation, unemployment and lack of school structure are possible causes of the country’s sharp decline in mental health, all of which deserve further study.

“Addressing mental health disparities and preparing support systems to mitigate mental health consequences as the pandemic progresses will continue to be urgently needed,” they conclude.

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News 8 medical journalist Dr. Mary Elizabeth Gillis, D.Ed., is a classically trained medical physiologist and biobehavioral research scientist. She has been a journalist in the fields of health, medicine and science for more than 5 years. His work has appeared in the national media. You can follow her on Instagram @reportergillis and on Facebook @DrMaryGillis.


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