DEPRESSION HAUNTING 49 PERCENT YOUNG ADULTS IN U.S. IN TIMES OF LOCKDOWN

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Highlights
• According to a recently conducted research, 49 percent of young adults in the U.S. are feeling deep loneliness during the lockdown
• This study was published in the Journal of Psychological Drugs

Just like mental health impact of being at home for the ageing people is discussed, it should also be discussed when it comes to the psychological situation of young adults. According to a recently conducted research, 49 percent of young adults in the U.S. are feeling deep loneliness during the lockdown.
“The convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the loneliness and addiction epidemics in the U.S. is here to stay” said Lead author of the study Professor Viviana Horigian, from the University of Miami.
Professor Horigian further said “These young adults are the future of our nation’s social fabric. They need to be given access to psychological help, coupled with the development and dissemination of brief online contact-based interventions that encourage healthy lifestyles.”
He also said that “Addressing mental health and substance use problems in young adults, both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, is an imperative.”
This study was published in the Journal of Psychological Drugs. As per the study, nearly 61 percent of respondents reported moderate (45%) to severe (17%) anxiety. On the other hand, 30 percent were disclosed with harmful levels of drinking, while 22 percent reported drug abuse and 38 percent of these reported severe drug abuse.

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