COVID-19: From Unusual Deaths to Depression

This all started from unusual deaths and now it's heading towards drugs and depression. It's about the COVID-19 Pandemic. A new national survey in the US reveals the significant symptoms of depression in 80% of the participants which is critical.

COVID-19: From Unusual Deaths to Depression



The Survey

The survey is taken to look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted young US citizens. Over 1000 Americans aging 18-35 took part in this online survey. The survey also questions on the anxiety and substance used.


The Findings

The analyzed findings of this online survey were published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. These findings showed an alarming level of loneliness and mental distress of people.

  • 61% of the participants reporting anxiety. (45% severe + 16% moderate)
  • 30% of the participants disclosed harmful levels of drinking. 
  • 22% of the participants reported using drugs. (38% of these drugs users reported the use of severe drugs)


What Researchers Concluded?

Professor Viviana Horigian, from the University of Miami: Response with mental health care provision is “imperative”. The convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the loneliness and addiction epidemics in the US is here to stay. Addressing mental health and substance use problems in young adults, both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, is imperative. Social prescribing, which brings from and promotes the practice of community resources, also shows hope of improving social and psychological wellbeing.

Renae Schmidt, Co-Author: As we invest in developing the sense of cohesion and social connectedness in these generations, we can address social and physical resiliency in our communities at large. Students need to provide online delivery of coursework, increasing counseling services, and motivating outreach through telehealth services. For young adults not involved in school, aggressive patient outreach by primary care physicians should be used to guarantee screening and invasion, also via telehealth. 


Association between Loneliness and Mental Health Conditions

The results from the survey showed that most participants who reported an increase in feelings of loneliness also indicated an increase in:

  • Drinking (58%)
  • Drug use (56%)
  • Anxiety (76%)
  • Depression (78%)
  • The decrease in feelings of connectedness (58%).


Alarming Rates

  • 49% of respondents reported a great degree of loneliness.
  • 80% reported drinking alcohol, with 30% revealing harmful and dependent levels of drinking. 19% of respondents reported binge drinking at least weekly and 44% reported binging at least monthly.


Source

Loneliness, Mental Health, and Substance Use among US Young Adults during COVID-19


The End Notes

That's all in this article. The rates of increase in Mental Depression and the usage of drugs and alcohol are not good for society. These can be decreased by practicing simple things. Be in touch with your friends and family and take their regular regards. Have a good one.

Cheers!

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