Amid the coronavirus pandemic, more than 100,000 deaths have been reported in the United States with the highest rate of unemployment recorded and the country is still in lockdown in some of the states. Under these extraordinary circumstances, one-third of the US population has been reported to be suffering from clinical anxiety and depression.
The data by the Census Bureau shows the alarming figure of the population with signs of mental health illness related to coronavirus. The study was done when people were asked mental health-related questions, 24 percent of the people significantly showed signs of major depression while 30 percent of people showed signs of anxiety.
The study suggests that a surge in the mental health problems was observed post coronavirus pandemic. The Census Bureau launched the survey in the last days of April to screen people so that the effects of the pandemic can be measured. The latest data shows that 1 million homes in the US were contacted within a week from 7 to 12 May and around 42,000 households submitted a response to the survey.
The contents of the form for screening included questions asked by doctors to patients with depression and anxiety disorders. The response to the questions provided the officials with the after-effects of the lockdown when people were cooped up in their homes and many lost their jobs during the outbreak.
New York suffered the most during the COVID-19 outbreak in the US and it stands on the 12th rank in the country in the terms of number of people showing stress-related symptoms. The alarming data obtained from the Mississippi population showed that almost half of the public in the state is suffering from coronavirus related depression and anxiety. However, in Iowa, only a quarter of the population was showing mental health-related symptoms.
The stress is not evenly distributed among the communities, with some groups of people suffering more than others. The findings of the study show that in younger adults, poor people, and women, the symptoms were more evident than others. The high rate of stress among the younger population was alarming since coronavirus is more likely to severely affect the elderly population.
The professor psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Maria A. Oquendo said that it is unclear why the younger adults are showing more symptoms of stress. It could be due to the fact that they have better exposure to social media or they are more willing to talk about their mental health than the elderly. This situation by any means is alarming and shows that the younger adults are more affected by the coronavirus.
The president of the advocacy group Mental Health America, Paul Gionfriddo said that the mental health of the people should be considered before opening educational institutions. He also said that there has been a lot of discussions about the precautionary guidelines but the mental health of the people is not being discussed enough. Moreover, more young people should be screened for their mental health.
The world is in the state of the pandemic and the after-effects of the lockdown are shown in alarming findings of this survey.