Nearly six months after Illinois shut down, how is our mental health?
Not great, in a nutshell.
As many Americans know, the coronavirus brought with it many additional stressors. Job insecurity. Child care crises. School closings. Health fears and constant second-guessing of tasks that used to feel routine, which can contribute to a feeling of decision fatigue.
The stress is beginning to show. Findings released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in August show that Americans are facing increased symptoms of anxiety and depression. Nearly half — 41 percent — reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition, including a trauma- and stressor-related disorder or substance use.