High Anxiety: 83% Of Americans Feel ‘Stressed and Overwhelmed’ Since COVID-19 Arrival

Pandemic-weary Americans are seeking treatment for mental health woes in vast numbers, according to a new study from agency Oberland and Guardian Labs, part of publisher Guardian US. The report is based on a survey of 500 households with incomes under $100,000 that was conducted with online research platform Suzy. The survey found that 83% of those polled felt “stressed and/or overwhelmed” since the arrival of COVID-19, while 45% have sought out mental health help. The study also found that brand loyalty has eroded during the pandemic. Per the survey, 50% of those polled have changed brands for at least some of their needs during the crisis with close to 25% saying they’re now buying more generic store products. “If COVID-19 has a silver lining, it’s the normalizing of talking and seeking treatment for mental-health issues,” said Oberland Co-Founder and President Drew Train, a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City and advocate for mental health in the workplace.

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