CDC research shows dramatic increase in depression during pandemic

(NBC) — It’s no secret that the COVID pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of many Americans. Now, the Centers for Disease Control is shedding light on just how much.

Researchers looked at survey data from over 700,000 adults collected between August of 2020 and February of 2021.

During that time, the number of people who reported recent symptoms of depression or anxiety increased from 36% to over 41%.

People who felt they had an unmet mental health care need rose from 9% to nearly 12%.

Increases were the largest among younger adults and those with less than a high school education.

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