Nearly half of health professionals in the US report at least one mental illness: CDC-Xinhua

Health workers assist a patient in the “COVID area” of Beverly Hospital in Montebello City, California, United States, January 22, 2021. (Xinhua)

Overall, 28.4 percent reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, followed by anxiety (27.9 percent) and depression (27.7 percent), according to the CDC.

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (Xinhua) — According to a new survey from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of US health professionals reported symptoms of at least one mental illness.

In a 2022 survey of 26,069 health professionals, 48 ​​percent reported symptoms of at least one mental illness. Overall, 28.4 percent reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, followed by: anxiety (27.9 percent) and depression (27.7 percent), according to a report from the CDC on Friday.

About 8 percent of workers reported suicidal thoughts.

According to the survey, these symptoms were most common in those who worked more than 60 hours a week or spent most of their time on COVID-19 response activities.

“These findings highlight the need for public health organizations to protect the mental health of their employees,” the CDC said.

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