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

Publication Date: Mar 29, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on "Symptoms of Anxiety or Depressive Disorder and Use of Mental Health Care Among Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, August 2020–February 2021" on March 26, 2021. The report details that in the period of August 2020–February 2021, the percentage of adults 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. Trends in mental health such as those documented in this report 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 complete report is available online at the CDC website here.

Vahratian A, Blumberg SJ, Terlizzi EP, Schiller JS. Symptoms of Anxiety or Depressive Disorder and Use of Mental Health Care Among Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, August 2020–February 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 26 March 2021. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7013e2


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