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During the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, up from one in ten in 2019. Many adults report difficulty, worry, stress, isolation, and job loss.


Areas of difficulty

  • Sleeping (36%)

  • Eating (32%)

  • Alcohol/substance use (12%)

  • Worsening chronic conditions (12%)

Stress can cause the following:

  • Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration

  • Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests

  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions

  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares

  • Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes

  • Worsening of chronic health problems

  • Worsening of mental health conditions

  • Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances

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Source: KFF.Org AND CDC
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