A third of Americans are showing symptoms of clinical anxiety or depression due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week.
At the end of April, the agency launched a weekly survey of U.S. households to measure the coronavirus pandemic's impact on American's well-being, including employment, education, and health.
When asked questions used to screen patients for mental health issues, 24% of 42,000 respondents showed clinical signs of severe depression and 30% showed signs of anxiety, a poll taken between May 7 and 12 revealed.
The rate of anxiety and depression were highest among young adults, women, and the poor.
The survey also revealed a jump in depression from before the pandemic. Half of U.S. adults said they experienced feelings of depression during the pandemic, compared to just 25% who expressed similar feelings during a survey in 2013-2014. The 2020 survey measured over one week, while the earlier survey measured over two.
If you or someone you know are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.