An Involuntary Experiment

The pandemic has forced a “morbid, real-time experiment” in the impact of mass social isolation.

It will be quite some time before data can begin to reveal the true mental health toll of the pandemic—and whether it has brought on a spike in suicides.

But some who have mental health struggles and learned ways to cope have fared better than expected. And some find the experience oddly unifying as anxieties become ubiquitous.  

Others may have the opposite experience and think: “I don’t want to die of this disease, I can do it on my own terms,” warns psychiatrist Makeda Jones.
The New York Times

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