A friend is sitting on the edge of a couch, with the lights off, waiting for the power to be restored.
The internet is not working in his home, but the lights still illuminate, and the TV is on.
But the TV, the internet, and even his laptop are now unavailable.
His friend is not alone.
Some people in the United States are experiencing similar disruptions in their daily lives.
As we’ve reported before, power outages can have serious consequences, from traffic delays to disruption in health care.
According to a new study by researchers at the University of Texas, there’s a lot more going on in the lives of the people who live with outages than meets the eye.
The data in the new study is based on a nationwide survey of about 14,000 people in Texas.
The researchers found that people living with outage conditions experience much higher rates of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues than those who are otherwise healthy.
The findings are published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
The researchers say they were surprised by how much more anxiety was experienced by people living in the rural areas where power outage incidents were more common, as compared to the cities and suburbs where outages are more frequent.
For example, people living on average experienced three times more anxiety, compared to people in cities.
The survey also found that about 20% of those living in outages reported experiencing depression, while only 7% of the general population reported feeling that way.
These kinds of health problems were also linked to the people’s attitudes about health, which could help explain why outages were linked to higher levels of depression.
According the researchers, the prevalence of mental health problems was highest in communities with a higher rate of outages, with nearly half of those surveyed reporting some form of mental illness.
The people who experienced the most severe symptoms of mental disorders were also the ones who felt most negatively about their health.
“Outages have serious social consequences, both in terms of mental wellbeing and health,” said senior author Lauren S. Smith, an assistant professor in the university’s College of Health Policy and Management.
“We found that there are significant social and health consequences associated with outaging and a variety of other health outcomes for people in outlying communities.
These results suggest that outages also have significant economic consequences as well.”
The researchers looked at health-related outcomes from a variety on the factors that people had in common when they were in the middle of outage-related health issues.
They found that those living with an outages-related problem were more likely to have health problems, including higher rates and severity of anxiety and depression.
While there’s no clear evidence that the internet outage is the cause of these health problems or that it can be stopped with a simple power button, it’s clear that people are increasingly worried about outages in their lives.