More than a third of Americans say COVID-19 is affecting their mental health

2 months 8 hours 32 minutes ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:58:38 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
Source: NBC
By: Hope Beitchman, KOMU 8 Producer

If you are feeling anxious about COVID-19, you're not alone. A new survey from the American Psychiatric Association reveals more than a third of Americans say COVID-19 is having a severe impact on their mental health.

The survey showed about half of the respondents are anxious about getting sick themselves, and over 60% of Americans worry about their family or loved ones becoming ill.

However, it's not just the illness itself that is causing anxiety. The survey showed 57% of respondents said they're concerned about how the virus will affect their finances. Almost half of the respondents said they worry about running out of food, medicine or other supplies.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. Mental health professionals say anxiety disorders very common and affect nearly 30% of adults at some point in their life.

The American Psychiatric Association says there are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder and separation anxiety disorder. Anxiety orders are treatable. Mental health professionals say most lead healthy and productive lives with treatment.

 

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