Caregiving During The Pandemic Takes A Toll On Mental Health : Short Wave Caregivers in the "Sandwich Generation" have reported a steep decline in mental health, as did others who had to juggle changes in the amount of caregiving they had to provide to loved ones. Caregivers have struggled with anxiety, depression and PTSD at rates much higher than those without caregiving roles. NPR correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee talks about the study and her reporting with Emily Kwong.

If you or anyone you know is struggling, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also check out this previous episode, 'How To Reach Out When Someone You Know May Be At Risk Of Suicide.'

Caregiving During The Pandemic Takes A Toll On Mental Health

Caregiving During The Pandemic Takes A Toll On Mental Health

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A recent report found that about about two thirds of U.S. adults who identified themselves as unpaid caregivers - people taking care of kids younger than 18, and/or adult loved ones - struggled with adverse mental health symptoms during the pandemic. Maskot/Getty Images/Maskot hide caption

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A recent report found that about about two thirds of U.S. adults who identified themselves as unpaid caregivers - people taking care of kids younger than 18, and/or adult loved ones - struggled with adverse mental health symptoms during the pandemic.

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Caregivers in the "Sandwich Generation" have reported a steep decline in mental health, as did others who had to juggle changes in the amount of caregiving they had to provide to loved ones. Caregivers have struggled with anxiety, depression and PTSD at rates much higher than those without caregiving roles. NPR correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee talks about the study and her reporting with Emily Kwong.

If you or anyone you know is struggling, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also check out this previous Short Wave episode with Rhitu and Emily, 'How To Reach Out When Someone You Know May Be At Risk Of Suicide.'

This episode was produced by Thomas Lu and Brit Hanson, fact-checked by Indi Khera and edited by Viet Le and Gisele Grayson. James Willets provided engineering support.