Survey shows worsening impact of COVID on mental health

Survey shows worsening impact of COVID on mental health

The national poll from the American Psychiatric Association shows more people reporting mental health effects from the pandemic this year than last.

The results of the latest poll were presented at the American Psychiatric Association 2021 Annual Meeting and based on an online survey conducted March 26 to April 5 among a sample of 1000 adults age 18 years or older.
Serious Mental Health Hit

Although the overall level of anxiety has decreased from last year’s APA poll, “the degree to which anxiety still reigns is concerning,” APA President Jeffrey Geller, MD, told Medscape.

In the new poll, about 4 in 10 Americans (41%) report they are more anxious than last year, down from just over 60%.

The results show that Americans are more anxious about family and loved ones getting COVID-19 (64%) than about catching the virus themselves (49%). Young adults age 18-29 (49%) and Hispanic/Latinos (50%) are more likely to report being more anxious now than a year ago. Those 65 or older (30%) are less apt to say they feel more anxious than last year.

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