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Anxious? Poll Reports That Most Are Worried, Regardless of Their Beliefs About Risk

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

Whitney H. Mitchell, MD

An on-line national survey on March 18th and 19th of last week revealed that many of us are feeling anxious in the current climate. The poll was done by American Psychiatric Association and included 1,004 adults across the United States. Here is what the poll revealed about our worries:

48% worry about getting coronavirus

62% worry that family or loved ones will get coronavirus

57% worry about the finances as a result of coronavirus

68% worry about the impact on the economy

36% feel that coronavirus is impacting their mental health

59% say that their day-to-day lives have been impacted

19% are having trouble sleeping

12% have experienced more fighting with family or friends

40% believe that people are overreacting to coronavirus

40% believe that people are not overreacting

Regardless of whether you believe that people are over- or under-reacting to the risks of coronavirus, the impact of Covid-19 on our lives is undeniable. Whether it's from worry or the toll of social isolation, it is likely that most of us will experience a change in our mental health, and why it is especially important why we take steps to care for ourselves and reach out to loved ones to share support.

For more information on the poll, click here:

New Poll: COVID-19 Impacting Mental Well-Being

For more information on self-care, how to ask for support, and ways to cope with anxiety, please see the many other articles on this website. A resource list is also available for those wishing to talk to a mental health professional on-line.

Whitney H. Mitchell is a physician in New Braunfels, Texas. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, has been in private practice for 11 year, and has an interest in public health.

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