COVID-19 harmful to journalists’ mental health

The work of covering the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on the mental health of journalists. 

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and the University of Toronto interviewed 73 journalists from international news organizations in June and found:

70% suffer from some levels of psychological distress and responses suggest that 26% have clinically significant anxiety compatible with the diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder which includes symptoms of worry, feeling on edge, insomnia, poor concentration and fatigue.

Around 11% of respondents report prominent symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, which include recurrent intrusive thoughts and memories of a traumatic COVID-19-related event, a desire to avoid recollections of the event, and feelings of guilt, fear, anger, horror and shame.

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