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Pandemic-related losses and media exposure linked to stress and depression

Earth.com, Sept. 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Pandemic-related losses and media exposure linked to stress and depression

Researchers at UC Irvine have found that rapidly increasing rates of stress and depression in the United States are directly linked to pandemic-related losses, including the loss of a loved one or a job, and media consumption. … “The pandemic is not hitting all communities equally,” said study lead author Professor E. Alison Holman. “People have lost wages, jobs and loved ones with record speed. Individuals living with chronic mental and physical illness are struggling; young people are struggling; poor communities are struggling. Mental health services need to be tailored to those most in need right now.”