Over Half of Public Health Workers Report Pandemic Depression, Anxiety, PTSD
Over half (53%) of United States public health workers reported symptoms of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or suicidal thoughts since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a large survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
More than 26,000 state, tribal, local or territorial public health workers responded to the survey, which the CDC submitted between March 29 and April 16, 2021.
Respondents reported symptoms of depression (32.0%), anxiety (30.3%), PTSD (36.8%), or suicidal ideation (8.4%) in the preceding 2 weeks. Adults age 29 or younger (range = 13.6%–47.4%) and transgender or nonbinary individuals of all ages (range = 30.4%–65.5%) reported the highest prevalence of these symptoms. Public health workers who reported that they were unable to take time off from work were more likely to report symptoms of mental health issues. Among all respondents, symptoms increased as their weekly work hours increased and as they devoted more time to COVID-19 response.
Corona increases the incidence of depression and suicide
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