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Sleepless Nights, Hair Loss and Cracked Teeth: Pandemic Stress Takes Its Toll

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By Aneri Pattani In late March, shortly after New York state closed nonessential businesses and asked people to stay home, Ashley Laderer began waking each morning with a throbbing headache. “The pressure was so intense it felt like my head was going to explode,” recalled the 27-year-old freelance writer from Long Island.

She tried spending less time on the computer and taking over-the-counter pain medication, but the pounding kept breaking through — a constant drumbeat to accompany her equally incessant worries about COVID-19. “Every day I lived in fear that I was going to get it and I was going to infect my whole family,” she said.

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