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Has COVID-19 Affected Your Mental Health? Survey Wants to Know..


Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are experiencing greater rates of mental health issues such as depression as a result of the pandemic, according to Ann M. Pearman, PhD, a senior research scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Psychology. Now, Pearman is exploring the pandemic’s effects specifically on the mental health of dental professionals via an online survey that they are encouraged to take.

When the shutdown began in March, Pearman and her colleagues polled approximately a thousand people about the state of their mental health, including anxiety, stress, depression, and coping mechanisms as well as their knowledge about COVID-19. When the researchers began crunching the numbers, though, they saw an interesting pattern from the healthcare professionals who were among those who had partic