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2020 has been a hard year and for many people, isolation and depression resulting from quarantine have become significant mental health issues. While some people experience isolation in their usual day to day lives, many of us have had isolation thrust upon us as a result of the current pandemic. With rules and regulations limiting our contact with others, venues where we would usually go to socialize closed, and our ability to travel severely compromised, it’s unsurprising that our mental health is beginning to suffer.
According to the CDC, as many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence in their personal relationship at some point during their lifetime. Yet only around 1% of incidents are ever actually reported to the police. Because while domestic violence is both unacceptable and illegal, many victims endure their situation for years through fear of repercussions or because they feel that they are in some way to blame for the way that they are being treated.
Social anxiety, also sometimes known as social phobia, is a very common problem that is faced by millions of people around the world. In fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) estimates that as many as 15 million U.S. adults experience social anxiety – a number which seems to be increasing thanks to the pressures of modern life.