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Poll: 32 percent of Americans struggling with stress, basic decision making during pandemic

Posted October 27, 2021 8:49 p.m. EDT
Updated October 28, 2021 11:32 a.m. EDT

A new poll from the American Psychological Association found that stress from the coronavirus pandemic is making even basic decision making, such as deciding what to wear and eat, difficult for some people.

The poll found that Black and brown communities are struggling the most.

"I was looking for a job, and I couldn't find one at the start of the pandemic," said Eric Rojas.

"Working just gets you through it -- not much to think about," added Carlos Rivers.

According to the new poll, 32 percent of adults are so stressed that even choosing what to wear is difficult.

Renee Best, a licensed counselor, said it's because the pandemic has allowed people time to reflect.

"Black and brown people are recognizing the need for therapy more because, historically we didn't go to therapy. We talked to our pastors our our friends," she said.

Best said it's not only impacting Black and brown people. The pandemic is surfacing unresolved trauma for all.

"I don't know that there's a difference. The few white clients I'm seeing are having similar problems. I just think the light is shining because we are coming to therapy," said Best.

The stress and fatigue of almost two years of the pandemic is burning people out, according to Best, and makes simple tasks more challenging.

Best added that people should continue using mental health resources, not just now, but even after the pandemic ends.

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