CDC Data Confirm Mental Health Is Suffering During COVID-19

Megan Brooks, ‘CDC Data Confirm Mental Health Is Suffering During COVID-19’,, Medscape Medical News (August 13, 2020)

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to exact a huge toll on mental health in the United States. (…) Overall, 40.9% of respondents reported having at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition; 31% reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder; and 26% reported symptoms of a trauma- and stressor-related disorder related to the pandemic. (…) The prevalence of symptoms of anxiety disorder alone was roughly three times that reported in the second quarter of 2019, the authors note. (…) In addition, roughly 13% of respondents said that they started using substances or increased substance use to cope with stress or emotions related to COVID-19, and nearly 11% reported having seriously considered suicide in the preceding 30 days. (…) The “markedly elevated” prevalence of adverse mental and behavioral health conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the “broad impact of the pandemic and the need to prevent and treat these conditions.


Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020 (…)