According to data from the US Census Bureau, since the outbreak, one-third of Americans have experienced anxiety or depression. Among them, the proportion of people who reported depression was more than double that of 2014.
“Washington Post” reported that the Census Bureau began a weekly survey from the end of April to understand the impact of the epidemic on civilian employment, housing, finance, education and health. The latest survey from May 7 to 12 showed that Among the 1 million households, the answers from more than 42,000 households indicated that the respondents may have depression and anxiety.
When the question relates to mental health, 24% of the respondents ’answers reflected the clinical symptoms of severe depression, and 30% experienced general anxiety symptoms. By region, New York State has the 12th highest number of people with these two symptoms. In addition, nearly half of the respondents in Mississippi experienced depression or anxiety, and only one in four people in Iowa experienced the same.
Among the many ethnic groups, young people, women, and grassroots people have a higher proportion of depression or anxiety. Among them, the trends of depression, mental stress, and suicide of young people are showing signs of deterioration. Kim Frido, chairman of the advocacy group Mental Health America, believes that as schools reopen, schools must pay attention to students’ mental health and provide more psychological examinations for young people.
In the past three months, citizens have generally fallen into fear, social isolation and the soaring unemployment rate have also brought variables to people’s lives. Although the census bureau provided reference data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that “developing health guidelines based on surveys is neither feasible nor appropriate.”