After a short, post-holiday reprieve, risk of PTSD has spiked again, commensurate with ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic and the new war in Ukraine. According to the latest Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition, an alarming 1 in 4 American workers screened at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in March, up 121% when compared to pre-pandemic. Further, workers sustained attention dipped again, hovering at 47% lower than pre-pandemic. These concerning changes followed a period of improvement in January and early February, before things took a turn for the worse in March.
Not all news was bad, though. The post-holiday period saw Risk of General Anxiety disorder drop 35% since December and risk of Depressive Disorder drop 37% in the same time frame. Both measures are no longer different than our pre-pandemic baseline. Further, stress has dropped 18% since December, while nonconscious negativity bias remained unchanged, making both measures the same or slightly better than pre-pandemic.
Greater risk of PTSD in March 2022 vs. pre-pandemic
Drop in Sustained Attention in March 2022 vs. pre-pandemic
Lower risk of General Anxiety Disorder than 3 months ago
Lower risk of Depressive Disorder than 3 months ago