MMWR

Symptoms of Anxiety or Depressive Disorder and Use of Mental Health Care Among Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 01, 2021 | Julia Zigman

This CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) examines trends in mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, revealing increases in symptoms of anxiety and depressive disorders from August 2020 - February 2021.

According to the report, the percentage of adults in this time period with recent symptoms of an anxiety or a depressive disorder increased from 36.4% to 41.5%, and the percentage of those reporting an unmet mental health care need increased from 9.2% to 11.7%. Increases were largest among adults aged 18–29 years and those with less than a high school education.

The authors of the study note that trends in mental health can be used to evaluate the impact of strategies addressing adult mental health status and care during the pandemic and to guide interventions for disproportionately affected groups. The spread of disease and increase in deaths during large outbreaks of transmissible diseases is often associated with fear and grief. It is important for providers serving people at elevated risk for or living with HIV, STIs, or viral hepatitis to understand the impact of mental health on overall wellness and to link community members with appropriate care, especially during COVID-19.

To read the full report, visit CDC.gov.


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About Julia Zigman

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Julia Zigman is a Program Analyst on the NACCHO HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis team. Julia focuses primarily on NACCHO’s Ending the HIV Epidemic portfolio and is a lead staff member for the HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis Workgroup. Learn more about these programs here.

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