What Are You Anxious About? Examining Subjects of Anxiety during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  title={What Are You Anxious About? Examining Subjects of Anxiety during the COVID-19 Pandemic},
  author={Lucia Lushi Chen and Steven R. Wilson and Sophie Lohmann and Daniela Veronica Negraia},
COVID-19 poses disproportionate mental health conse- quences to the public during different phases of the pandemic. We use a computational approach to capture the specific as- pects that trigger an online community’s anxiety about the pandemic and investigate how these aspects change over time. First, we identified nine subjects of anxiety (SOAs) in a sample of Reddit posts ( N =86) from r/COVID19 support using thematic analysis. Then, we quantified Reddit users’ anxiety by training algorithms on… 

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