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COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis Is Hitting Young Adults


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As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, mental health professionals are growing more alarmed about a parallel mental health crisis brewing for young adults.

The burden of ongoing social, school and work restrictions, experts fear, is leading to a deterioration in the mental states of young adults who are increasingly worried about forfeiting precious time in their prime years, missing traditional milestones, and losing economic opportunities and vital relationships.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report analyzing survey responses from 5,470 adults this past June revealed 1 in 4 respondents ages 18 to 24 had considered suicide within the past month and a similar number started or increased substance use because of the pandemic. About 75% of respondents in that age group also said they had one or more "adverse mental or behavioral health symptoms." By comparison, among respondents 65 and older, 2% said they had considered suicide and 3% started or increased substance use. About 15% reported adverse mental health symptoms.

"The trends in mental health in young people have been going in the wrong direction, even before the pandemic," said Laura D. Kubzansky, co-director of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

"We already knew they have been struggling more than previous generations," she said. "But now in the pandemic, younger people also seem to be having a harder time with anxiety, depression, loneliness and so forth, especially those who live alone or are living in more transient circumstances due to schooling or other factors."

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It makes me so sad that all of us are going through the exact same thing yet none of us can truly help eachother out except for a few words online. I truly hope this pandemic ends soon so all of our mental healths get atleast a tad bit better. 

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10 hours ago, hagofeen said:

That's way too real... I'm losing my mind each new day.

Just to leave the bed I have to put so much energy on it... Hoping for the better.

I can understand you completely. It’s been hard. But better days will come ❤️ 
 

4 hours ago, dafniye said:

It makes me so sad that all of us are going through the exact same thing yet none of us can truly help eachother out except for a few words online. I truly hope this pandemic ends soon so all of our mental healths get atleast a tad bit better. 

trust me, it’s been super difficult, even more when you loose a family member. My parents are fine, but I lost my grandfather last month because of Covid. 

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3 hours ago, tony said:

I can understand you completely. It’s been hard. But better days will come ❤️ 
 

trust me, it’s been super difficult, even more when you loose a family member. My parents are fine, but I lost my grandfather last month because of Covid. 

I'm so sorry. That must have been so hard on you and your family. Sending you lots of love ❤️

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