TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – About 70% of caregivers reported having at least one adverse mental-health condition during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report was based on a survey of 10,444 U.S. adults in December, February and March. Anxiety and depression were the most common mental-health symptoms, with 55.3% of caregivers reporting having those symptoms.READ MORE: Cleveland Clinic Weston Once Again #1 Hospital In Miami-Fort Lauderdale Metro Area
The study listed three caregiving categories: people with children under age 18; caregivers of adults; and parents who watch children and adults.
Among the 2,391 respondents who reported being parents and caregivers, about 85% experienced one or more adverse mental-health symptoms, and about 50% reported past-month “serious suicidal ideation.”READ MORE: Calls Continue For Cuban Embassy In DC To Be Shut Down
The study’s authors noted, “Parenting and caregiving were significantly positively associated with each adverse mental health symptom compared with being a nonparent/noncaregiver.”
The study also found that more than 71% of caregivers reported having employment outside of caregiving.MORE NEWS: Florida Argues CDC Violated Cruise Case Injunction
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