About 30.9% of respondents reported symptoms of anxiety or depression. About 26.3 respondents reported injuries and disorders related to pandemic stress.
Another 13.3% said they turned to drugs, including alcohol and prescription or illegal drugs, to cope with pandemic stress.
More than half of the respondents identified as essential employees reported certain types of mental health conditions or adverse behavior related to Covid-19 emergency.
The anonymous internet survey is based on self-reporting and does not include clinical diagnoses.
Background: Federal officials and public health experts have warned of a potential mental health crisis stemming from the pandemic, although there is little national data to date.
The states and the federal government have some data showing an increase in drug use deaths in the first few months of the year, amid shutdowns, economic uncertainty and rising tensions. caused by a pandemic.
What̵7;s next: In the study, researchers have recommended that any intervention and prevention efforts at the community level include increasing economic support to reduce financial stress and address racial disparities in health care. They also propose expanding access to social support, holistic treatments and harm reduction services.
If you are suicidal, or you know someone, you can help. In the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text your emotional support counselor using the Crisis Message Line by texting HOME to 741741.