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 consequences to the public during different phases of the pandemic. We use a computational approach to capture the specific aspects 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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