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  • Study: Negative mental health effects of pandemic lockdowns spike, then fade

    Photo of Bita Fayaz Farkhad, an economist and a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at Illinois.

    Social distancing policies correlated with immediate increases in interest in information about “isolation” and “worry” – but those effects tapered off two to four weeks after their respective peaks, says new research co-written by Dolores Albarracín, a professor of psychology and of business administration at Illinois, and Bita Fayaz Farkhad (pictured), an economist and a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at Illinois.

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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Bita Fayaz Farkhad, call 610-297-2560; email bitaf@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Insights on the implications of COVID-19 mitigation measures for mental health” is available online.

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a hotline for individuals in crisis or for those looking to help someone else. To speak with a certified listener, call 1-800-273-8255.

    DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2020.100963