Nearly Half of Americans Say Pandemic Is Harming Their Mental Health

Forty-five percent of all U.S. residents feel the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health, according to a survey published Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. "It's a huge number," psychologist Kathy HoganBruen tellsThe Washington Post, adding that the figure is "not surprising given all the other huge numbers surrounding the pandemic in terms of joblessness, and social distancing, which can equal social isolation." In fact, National Institute of Mental Health director Joshua Gordon says that "feeling anxious is part of a normal response to what's going on." To get over this hump, HoganBruen recommends cutting down on "negative behaviors like excessive drinking." Fat chance: Jezebel reports that alcohol sales are "way up" since the start of the pandemic. Read morning