Depression, anxiety spike amid outbreak and turbulent times
Of Americans may be experiencing symptoms of depression during the pandemic. That's a rate higher than during large scale traumas like 9 11 and Hurricane Katrina. From no more Now we're joined Live on the KCBS Ring. Central News Line. By Kathryn Dettman Study author with Boston University School of Public Health. Thanks so much for being with us this afternoon. Thank you for having me, Marty. Well, first. How did you tally these very high rates. Sure. So we found that one quarter of Americans reported depression. And as you know, this represented a threefold increase over what it was before Cove it and third that people with fewer resources were the ones who are more likely to have depression. So who are the people most impacted by depression symptoms and what are these Depression symptoms? So, for example, people with lower income were twice as likely to have depression and among people with the same income but who had left than 5000 and family savings. They were 1.5 times more likely to have depression. How is this different from 9 11 and Hurricane Katrina? These rates are higher than what we have seen in the general population after other large scale trauma like September 11, Turkey and Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest. For example, After September 11th in Manhattan, we found around a 10% prevalence of reported depression symptoms. This is much higher than what we have seen after other traumas.