It's been one hell of a year. With an unpredictable global pandemic that has taken more than 500,000 lives—not to mention all of the concurrent economic and emotional disruptions—it's no wonder more than 4 in 10 adults report they've experienced symptoms of depression or anxiety in the past year. That's up from 1 in 10 just a couple of years prior, according to February 2021 data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
But when we refer to "depression," we're not talking about a tearful, "This Is Us"–episode type of sadness. Clinical depression, which the American Psychiatric Association defines as a serious medical illness that impacts your feelings, thoughts and actions, is a whole other level—and something many Americans are struggling with due to the pandemic.
"COVID-19 has many people very depressed and anxious, and that mood is, in most cases, a libido-killer," said Laurie Mintz, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Florida. Mintz is also a licensed psychologist and certified sex therapist in Gainesville, Florida, and the author of "A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex" and "Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters—And How To Get It."
And it's not just single people who are suffering.
"If you're quarantined with your partner