Pandemic's Mental Health Burden Heaviest Among Young Adults
In a recent survey, almost two-thirds of 18- to-24-year-olds reported symptoms
The pandemic has closed schools, offices, sports arenas and limited social interaction for millions of people -- perhaps an even bigger struggle for young people more used to being active.
In a recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 63 percent of 18- to-24-year-olds reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, with 25 percent reporting increased substance use to deal with that stress and 25 percent saying they'd seriously considered suicide.
"The mental health impact of the pandemic is much larger on younger adults," said Dr. Shekhar Saxena of The Harvard School of Public Health and a professor for the practice of global mental health courts. "The figures that we have from the U.S. suggest that almost two-thirds of the young adults have some symptoms of anxiety or depression or other psychological problems."
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