Coming undone: What COVID-19 pandemic policies have done to our psyche

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Gigi Suhanic/National Post

Date of Publication: May 30, 2020

Source: The National Post

A national survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health suggests that one-quarter of Canadians are experiencing moderate to severe levels of anxiety and felt lonely in the past week, and 20% reported feeling depressed. Significant numbers reported feeling nervous and edgy, having trouble relaxing, and binge-drinking in the past week. Since March, Canadians have lost two million jobs, social and physical contacts, and fallen out of their usual routines. Many have struggled with boredom, frustration, uncertainty, fear, and anxiety. Psychiatrists have stressed the importance of coping and wellness support systems as the world begins to reopen, and hope for a renewed sense of gratitude for things people have taken for granted.

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Summary by: Ming Li