The Kaiser Family Foundation found in a recent poll that nearly half of the American population said the current crisis is impacting their mental health. Talkspace, a digital counseling service, says their clientele has climbed by 65 percent since the crisis started picking up steam in February, while a federal emergency hotline for psychological problems has noted a 1,000 percent rise in calls over April 2019.
Unfortunately, along with an increase in mental health problems comes a rise in psych drug use. Express Scripts, an online pharmaceutical service, has seen a 40 percent rise in prescriptions for anxiety pills, a 20 percent jump in depression medication prescriptions, and a rise of 50 percent in sleeping pill prescriptions.
With unemployment continuing to climb, these problems are only expected to grow even higher. Jobless filings are already approaching 40 million, and the number is expected to hit 20 percent by the end of the month.Coronavirus pandemic creating “perfect storm” for huge global mental health crisis – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD