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“We expect mental health declines around the holidays; however, nothing of this sheer magnitude,” Matthew Mund, CEO of Total Brain. (Credit: solarseven/Shutterstock.com)

Life during a pandemic is taking a mental toll on Americans. According to the Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and addiction are spiking.

An alarming one in four American workers screened positive for PTSD between September 2021 and December 2021 — up 54% over the previous three months and up 136% from pre-pandemic times.

Depression and addiction are surging, too, especially among men. Between September and December, depression in men increased 118%, and social anxiety increased 162%. Among men ages 40-59, general anxiety is up an astounding 94%.

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