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Study Shows Rising Demand for Mental Health Treatment During Pandemic

New research shows the share of U.S. adults who have received recent mental health treatment has increased over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, though stark disparities exist along racial lines.

The percentage of U.S. adults who reported receiving any treatment for their mental health over the past 12 months rose from 19.2% in 2019 to 20.3% in 2020 and then to 21.6% in 2021, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The figures are based on data from the National Health Interview Survey, with “any mental health treatment” defined as taking mental health medication, receiving counseling or therapy, or both.

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They were grieving the loss of a parent to Covid. Then the bullies came.

When Jennifer Ritz Sullivan's mother, Earla, died of Covid in December 2020, pandemic protocols meant she couldn't be in the hospital with Earla as she took her last breath.

She couldn't hug her sister — or be hugged in return — as the two women grieved virtually on FaceTime.

So Ritz Sullivan, 38, of Goshen, Massachusetts, turned to social media as an outlet for her grief.

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Nearly 1 in 4 young adults in US treated for mental health during pandemic, CDC survey finds

The share of US adults who received treatment for mental health grew throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data published Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nearly 22% of adults got mental health treatment in 2021, up from about 19% in 2019.

This jump is probably due to a combination of increased need and better access to treatment, said Calliope Holingue, a psychiatric epidemiologist and member of Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 Mental Health Measurement Working Group.

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Understanding Mental Fatigue in 2022

Arguably, we’ve got more to think about than ever. Climate change, insane housing costs, the ongoing risk of COVID-19, political corruption, the threat of war… There are few people who don’t find at least one of these things more than a little stressful. And while social media helps to keep us in the loop, having the latest news right at our fingertips, 24 hours a day, doesn’t always provide comfort or reassurance. 

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