Oct 30, 2021 - Health

1. America's shadow epidemic

A vintage anatomical drawing of the brain in fragmented pieces.

Maura Losch/Axios

America’s mental health crisis began long before the coronavirus pandemic did, but a year and a half of loss, stress, isolation and treatment disruption has only increased the number of Americans struggling with their mental health.

Why it matters: As demand rises well beyond pre-pandemic levels, the system is facing burned-out providers and staffing shortages, and even more people who need care aren’t getting it.

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