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Mental Health

Coronavirus survey
Since mid-March, researchers with the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research have surveyed U.S. adults regarding their perceptions and attitudes about coronavirus and its impact on their lives. (Photo/Pixabay)

COVID-19-fueled anxiety and depression peaked in early April, then declined

The latest data from USC Dornsife’s ongoing coronavirus survey reveal that rates of mental distress rose primarily during the early days of the pandemic due to both financial and health concerns.

Telehealth social work mental health
Master’s-level interns at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offer therapy online to more than a hundred patients each week. (Image/Courtesy of USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work)

They combat the stress and anxiety of hundreds of Californians — from their own homes

As the new coronavirus spreads across the world, the telehealth clinic at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work sees increased demand for counseling related to stress and anxiety.

intergenerational programs
The media narrative about stereotypical behaviors and risk-taking can prevent older and younger generations from working together, says USC expert Paul Nash. (Photo/iStock)

Bridging generational divides can help people of all ages fight COVID-19

COVID-19 media coverage has largely pitted younger people against those whose age makes them more vulnerable to the virus. But USC gerontologists say intergenerational programs that efforts to bring seniors and young people together in everyday life could build more understanding.

neuroimaging schizophrenia
Researchers used a series of advanced techniques developed at the USC INI to measure and map the shape and volume of various brain structures. (Image/Courtesy of the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute)

World’s largest study of a rare genetic disorder offers new insights on schizophrenia

USC researchers are investigating 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a genetic disorder linked to schizophrenia, in an effort to find a biomarker of the serious mental illness.