SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KGO) — After a year of COVID-isolation, many Americans can be forgiven if they're feeling a sense of emotional whiplash.
In a 2020 CDC Study, a third of U.S. adults reported some symptoms associated with anxiety or depression.
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Clinical Psychologist Jonathan Horowitz, PH.D., is the founder of the San Francisco Stress and Anxiety Center.
"So to be in this situation where people were required to step back from their social life and employment, things like that, people were really at risk for mental health illnesses," says Horowitz.
Families and children also felt the stress of distance learning and disrupted routines. Lynn Dolce, MFT, is the CEO of Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco, where referrals for residential treatment jumped significantly during the pandemic.
"Kids who were really suffering are kids who were extremely isolated, no sports, no activities, no peers," she explains.
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