More than half of young Americans today believe the stress caused by the spread of an apocalyptic Pandemic from COVID-19 is contributing to the decision-making that has young people struggling with stress, according to a new survey by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
Seventy-one percent of respondents under the age of 36 and 59 percent of respondents age 35-49 say they have endured stressors that have cost them time and energy that could have been spent making good decisions and trying to solve problems.
The survey was conducted online among a national sample of 1,300 Americans aged 18 and older. A full analysis will be included in the association’s magazine, April 2020. The national web survey was fielded by TNS, March 30-April 7, 2020. The online survey results have a margin of error of 3.15%.
The survey also showed 64 percent of respondents would not be able to cope with another global pandemic, and 57 percent of respondents said they have not been able to cope with an inclement weather event like a hurricane, blizzard or nor’easter.
The ADAA is a non-profit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression.
Researchers believe the stress from COVID-19 caused children from low-income households to appear or be associated with drug use, accidents and an increased risk of suicide.