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In the News: Mazzotta Weighs In on How Pandemic Exacerbates Depression, Anxiety


Catherine Mazzotta, assistant professor in Buffalo State College’s Social Work Department, recently spoke with WGRZ-Channel 2 about a timely topic in the dark days of winter—depression.  

Reporter Liz Lewin’s story that aired December 8 addressed how COVID-19 is fueling depression, anxiety, and a sense of hopelessness for many people this year.  

Mazzotta acknowledged the extreme discomfort of this “new normal” while also speaking to the signs of clinical depression and anxiety, which can be debilitating and hit at any time. She also provided resources for seeking help.   

As emotionally draining as life may feel right now, Mazzotta said, “The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone.” 

Mazzotta, who is also a licensed clinical social worker, lists mental health issues and substance abuse among her areas of specialization.

Photo by Bruce Fox, campus photographer.