This article was originally published in February 2022.
By Inesa Ponomariovaite
The coronavirus pandemic has turned millions of Americans' lives upside down. From losing loved ones, to losing jobs, just about every aspect of people’s lives has changed and it’s taken a major toll on their mental health. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, an exceedingly large number of Americans have reported increased feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness and it’s likely to only get worse as the pandemic drags on.
In fact, last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least 41 percent of U.S. adults struggled with their mental health, with 31 percent reporting anxiety symptoms due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides the fear and uncertainty about the pandemic, the economic struggles in the country have also had a huge effect on people’s anxiety levels. Parents of school-aged children have also been hit especially hard with many having to make substantial adjustments in their lifestyle in order to jungle working from home while also helping their children with remote learning. Young adults have also reported feeling increasingly isolated from friends and family members and have reported increased levels of loneliness, depression and anxiety.
These types of mental health challenges often manifest in difficulty sleeping or concentrating, feelings of worry or sadness, increased substance use, changes to appetite, overthinking, and can even lead to depression. Pharmaceuticals, such as sleep aids and anti-anxiety medications might be …