The staggering stats on how the coronavirus has impacted the mental health of Americans



 The coronavirus pandemic is hard for everyone, to be sure.

But for a significant percentage of Americans, it also creates mental health concerns, from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and even thoughts of suicide. We should count these as consequences of the pandemic, and try to understand and address them.

To get an idea of how widespread these issues are, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Harvard Medical School, and Melbourne, Australia partnered with Utah company Qualtrics to issue online surveys to 5,412 randomly selected American adults in June. The survey was weighted to match the demographic characteristics of the American population, as determined by the 2010 Census. They removed surveys that showed an unusual response patterns, either in terms of browser attentiveness, speed of response, or were likely entered by a robot. In other words, they did the things you’d want to see in a well-administered survey.


The survey found that 26% of respondents had symptoms that indicate anxiety disorder, while 24% had symptoms that indicated depressive disorder. That’s way up from the numbers from June 2019, when 8% of Americans had anxiety symptoms, while only 7% had depressive symptoms.

Meanwhile, 13% of respondents said they had started or increased substance abuse to cope with pandemic-related stress. And 11% of respondents had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

All in all, 41% of Americans had some sort of mental health symptom.



The staggering stats on how the coronavirus has impacted the mental health of Americans The staggering stats on how the coronavirus has impacted the mental health of Americans Reviewed by Anson Moore on August 23, 2020 Rating: 5

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