EP 553 Is America on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown?

Unfortunately, it’s a fair question. Suffice it to say, the pandemic, the political anxiety, the war, and the personal setbacks associated with all of the above have struck our collective sense of calm and well-being. Americans have witnessed the loss of friends and family due to COVID, been isolated for long periods and approached financial peril. While all measures point to greater mental suffering as a result, the silver lining, if there is one, is that the stigma around mental illness and distress is now fading and Americans seem more willing to share their fears and anxieties than they were in the past. This is a huge step forward toward recovery, according to our guest, Chuck Ingolia, President and CEO of the National Council on Mental Health (the national Council.org) The numbers surrounding stress and depression are staggering. A whole new industry of digital care delivery has sprung up in response to the pandemic. The equivalence between mental and physical illness is getting closer in the minds of the public. Much remains to be done to provide adequate resources to deal with the problem, particularly among our youth and minority communities.

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