The March Mental Health Index revealed some clear differences in workers based on their age. More specifically, the data shows some troubling trends for workers between the ages of 40-59. This age group is struggling more with symptoms of anxiety — such as fear and panic. Also, the risk of General Anxiety Disorder is up considerably among this population of workers, as is the risk of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As a result, workers between the ages of 40-59 are having difficulty with planning — a sign of cognitive struggle. Younger and older working Americans are currently not exhibiting the same patterns across these mental capacities. In fact, the older and younger working populations are measuring no differently than they did prior to COVID in capacities where the 40-59 group worsened.
Older and younger workers are experiencing less mental strain now vs. at other points during the pandemic.
A large population of workers — those between the ages of 40-59 — are noticeably struggling. However, because mental health has improved for some workers, those in the middle age group may not receive the support they need to deal with increased mental strain.
As COVID-related restrictions start to lift, it is important to continue to monitor workers for signs of mental struggles. Returning to a pre-COVID mental state doesn’t mean perfect mental health. Workers in the U.S. were struggling with mental health challenges before the pandemic.
Jump in workers feeling scared — a symptom of anxiety that has increased vs. pre-COVID
Increase in feelings of panic caused by anxiety in middle age group of U.S. workers
Risk of General Anxiety Disorder is up in workers aged 40-59 vs. pre-COVID
Men’s risk of General Anxiety Disorder has risen in the past two months
Increased risk of PTSD since the beginning of 2021 in workers aged 40-59
Rise in risk of PTSD vs. pre-COVID level for workers between the ages of 40-59