- Mental health experts note growing concern over impact of COVID-19 on nation’s mental health
- Compounding stress could have serious health, social consequences
- VTGN offers new hope to those dealing with depression disorders
A new survey from the American Psychological Association (“APA”) shines a spotlight on the growing concern about the impact of the global pandemic on the nation’s mental health (https://ibn.fm/ukaIx). These rising numbers, as well as the treatment for mental health illness and disorders, is of great concern to VistaGen Therapeutics (NASDAQ: VTGN), a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing a new generation of medications that goes beyond the standard of care for anxiety and depression.
Nearly eight in ten adults (78%) report that the coronavirus pandemic is a significant source of stress in their lives, while three in five (60%) say the number of issues America faces is overwhelming to them, according to the “Stress in America(TM) 2020: A National Mental Health Crisis” survey conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of APA. The survey goes on to note this sobering statistic: Nearly one in five adults (19%) say their mental health is worse than it was at this time last year.
APA CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr. noted that “this survey confirms what many mental health experts have been saying since the start of the pandemic: Our mental health is suffering from the compounding stressors in our lives. This compounding stress will have serious health and social consequences if we don’t act now to reduce it. We’re already seeing this with some of the youngest members of our nation, who just seven months into this crisis are beginning to show signs of serious mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.”
Depression and anxiety are at the forefront of concern for VistaGen, a company working to develop innovative product candidates to address these substantial issues (https://ibn.fm/vLnl9). For example, FDA-approved oral antidepressants are slow to act and are associated with significant potential side effects such as anxiety, nausea and vomiting, somnolence and sexual dysfunction. VistaGen’s PH10 is an innovative pherine nasal spray designed to have rapid-onset therapeutic potential in several neuropsychiatric indications involving depression. Following completion of successful exploratory Phase 2A clinical development, the Company is preparing to launch a planned Phase 2B clinical study of PH10 in major depressive disorder in early 2022. With its rapid-onset pharmacology, potential lack of systemic exposure and favorable safety results observed in all clinical studies to date, PH10 has potential to go beyond the current standard of care for depression as a novel stand-alone treatment for multiple depression disorders.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.VistaGen.com.
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