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Depression and anxiety in American adults more severe during pandemic – Consumer Health News

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The researchers observed a 13 percent increase in the average anxiety severity score nationally from Aug. 19 to 31, 2020, to December 9 to 21, 2020 (average percentage change per survey wave, 1.5 percent), followed by a 26.8 percent decrease from Dec. 9 to 21, 2020, to May 26 to June 7, 2021 (APC, −3.1 percent). During the same time periods, the average depression severity score increased 14.8 percent (APC, 1.7 percent), then decreased 24.8 percent (APC, −2.8 percent). State-specific trends were generally similar to national trends; anxiety and depression scores peaked during the Dec. 9 to 21, 2020, or Jan. 6 to 18, 2021, survey waves in most states. During the entire study period, there was a positive correlation noted for the frequency of anxiety and depression symptoms with the average number of daily COVID-19 cases. “Mental health services and resources, including telehealth behavioral services, are critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly among populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19,” the authors write.

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