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Stressed? Depressed? You are not alone

Physics Today, Mar. 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

Stressed? Depressed? You are not alone

The effects of the pandemic have been exacerbated by economic uncertainty and unemployment, racial unrest, political upheaval, and wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes, says Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychological science, medicine, and public health at the University of California, Irvine. She sums up these events as “cascading collective traumas.” The effect on people varies by individual and circumstance and runs the gamut from making them short tempered to suicidal.