Mental health of caregivers suffering during a pandemic, CDC says
ATLANTA, Georgia – While much attention was paid to children’s issues during the pandemic, parents and parents who care for adults are also suffering from some difficult mental health issues.
In a new study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers found that the COVID-19 pandemic was particularly harsh for parents, unpaid adult caregivers, and parenting caregivers (people in both roles).
The study of more than 10,000 US adults found that 70 percent of caregivers reported recent negative mental health symptoms between late 2020 and early 2021. Symptoms included symptoms of depression, anxiety, COVID-19 TSRDs (trauma and stress-related disorders), or thoughts of suicide.
The CDC said the problem was particularly worrying for parents who care for both children and adults. In this group, the CDC found that 85 percent of them reported having had adverse psychological symptoms and about 50 percent had serious suicidal ideation in the past month.
According to the CDC, the results of the new study suggest that parents and carers could benefit from tailored mental health services, and “improved access to, awareness of and use of support groups and relief services could help reduce the workload of care”. . âThe CDC also recommended further studies on the subject.