Mental health in the United States has suffered since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Now, months into the pandemic, Americans are showing that they are settling into a state of heightened stress and tension. The initial shock of COVID-19 is wearing off and daily news reports of illness, unemployment, and economic turmoil are routine. Despite the desire to return to life as it was before COVID, there’s a sense that continued disruptions are likely. Along with this acceptance of a new normal, stress, anxiety, and depression levels that were increasing for several months are showing signs of leveling off or declining in some cases. However, Americans are still struggling with mental health issues more now than before the pandemic.
Workers are taking health risks; jobs are being redefined to accommodate a new undefined world.
Workers are being furloughed or simply let go. Small businesses are shutting down.
In all cases, stress, anxiety and depressive mood are reaching new heights among working Americans.
For the average working American, stress is 14% higher now than it was in February.
The number of working Americans at risk of depressive disorders has increased 54%.
From May to June the number of females screening at risk for general anxiety disorder decreased 20%. Men’s risks remained the same.
Women showing risk of depressive disorders decreased 27% while men showed no decrease.
Workers 60+ had a 23% improvement in feelings of depressed mood from May to June. Those 20–39 showed no improvement.
Unlike with older workers, planning abilities have decreased 25% since February in workers age 20–39 — signaling that tasks are taking longer.