GAO report warns mental health crises skyrocket due to pandemic

These data may not reflect the true extent of the problem. Therapists know that “behavioral health issues are often underreported,” said Lynn Bufka, senior director of practice quality and transformation at the American Psychological Association. Underreporting occurs, she said, because of stigma, with people accepting problems simply as “as they are” or not making the connection between certain problems and behavioral health, such as link between sleep disturbances and anxiety. It is reasonable for people to assume, she added, “that there is a 50-50 chance that the person they are with will feel stressed, anxious or depressed in response to the current situation.

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