Social distancing, the only way to protect oneself from CoViD-19, the way to protect ourselves seems to be very easy, isn't it? As the world already faces a problem of depression and anxiety, covid-19 also plays a vital role in increasing this serious and implicit problem of mental health.
The whole world faces this type of pandemic first time, so no one ever knew the answers to questions like what to do? Covid-19 brought a lot of changes in everyone’s day-to-day routines/ activities. People faced different kinds of pressures like financial pressure, health pressure, job pressure, educational pressure, etc. Several kinds of rumors and misinformation were circulating by word of mouth, numerous kinds of misinformation spread through the internet that confused people what to do?
Pandemic was the time when many people experienced stress, fear, sadness, loneliness, & mental health disorders (anxiety and depression).
If we compare surveys before the pandemic to the surveys during the pandemic, they showed a major upliftment in the number of adults who had symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression & insomnia. Cases of drinking alcohol and consuming drugs have increased as people thought that they helped them in the war with covid and to reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. But, in reality, this is far away from reality.
Regular smokers or people who are addicted to tobacco, suffer more due to covid because both things directly affect the lungs and weaken the immune system.
At the time of the pandemic, physical activity, sleep, time management, and mental health are disturbed. During this ongoing pandemic, average steps decline from 10,000 to 4,600 per day, sleep increases by 25 to 30 minutes per night, time spent socializing declines by over half to less than 30 minutes, & screen time more than doubles to over 5 hours per day. Throughout the pandemic’s first wave from March to July 2020, the proportion of participants at risk for clinical depression ranges from 46% to 61%, up to a 90% increase in depression rates compared to some populations just before the pandemic.
According to Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), as of June 2020, nearly 1/3rd of US adults were suffering from anxiety and depression. As per the reports of CDC—
For young people, the rates are nearly 2 times higher, a group that has already witnessed a large increase in the frequency of mental health illness over the last decade.
Over 60% of people aged 18 to 24 were thought to be depressed or anxious, and a quarter of those surveyed said they had considered suicide in May 2020. These figures show a significant increase in depression rates from around 11% of all people in 2011.
Before the pandemic, around 25% of college students were infected.
The rise in depression has coincided with huge disruptions in everyday life, such as stay-at-home orders, campus closures, & social distancing measures, which have changed the way people live, work, study, and interact.
This is a growing pandemic that slowly spread its roots on earth that should tackle individually as well as globally. This is a very serious problem for the youth that should be handled very carefully. We need an open environment so that these kinds of implicit problems can eradicate. If this problem will not end, a new pandemic will occur after covid.
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