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Mental Health Declines Due to the Pandemic, Young Adults As The Primary Subjects

           The surge of the COVID-19 virus was unexpected and sudden, which pushed individuals and communities to conform to countless restrictions. The shift in lifestyle and routines caused several issues from the public leading to panic and meltdowns. With this, the virus did not only affect the physical health of people but targeted their thoughts and actions. The decline of the mental state of individuals causes a more excellent call for action that considers all the aspects that affect society. 


 


Mental Health decline during the pandemic emphasizes the need to find practical coping exercises and inclusive for all persons in all walks of life. However, the youth have greater suffered because of the pandemic. This can be attributed to the loss of an established routine that caused isolation. The youth become the primary concern as COVID-19 and health restrictions arise. 


 


           The uncertainty that the pandemic brought caused fright in the people; hence, there should be proper mental health management. According to a 2021 study by Panchal, Kamal, and Cox (2021) entitled, “The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use”, 4 out of 10 people in the United States of America have experienced anxiety and depression due to the pandemic. The study illustrated that the symptoms could be projected by the following: difficulty sleeping (36 %), eating (32%), alcohol or substance abuse (12 %), and worsening of chronic conditions (12%). 


 


This data is proved that the rise of the COVID-19 virus due not only affect the group aspect but also the individual aspect. Panchal, Kamal, and Cox (2021) discussed that the young adults are commonly experiencing the struggles of the pandemic in comparison to adults; this could be the fact that before the pandemic, the youth were already at high risk of mental health struggles. Giuntella et al. (2021) suggested that the restoration of mental health can be attributed to the resumption of the routines and habits taken away because of the pandemic. 


 


The restoration of these habits shall ensure that the individuals have a sense of normalcy in their lives; this shall establish a good foundation for their mental state. Similar to the previous study, Giuntella et al. (2021) indicated that 60% from the age range of 18 to 24 years had been the individuals who suffered depression due to the pandemic. A 25 % portion of the study are university students; hence, the shift to virtual classes, campus closures, and isolation have led to interference in the lifestyle. 


 


The youth have taken the pandemic harder than the other age group; this could contribute to the age as the developmental age of the youth for adulthood; hence, the need to feel connected with other persons is necessary for the younger age group. Nonetheless, Santini et al. (2021) presented a different outcome of the pandemic. Moreover, the study demonstrated that some individuals could improve their well-being due to the pandemic. The individuals who were able to recover well from the pandemic are the persons who have a mental health concern. 


 


Santini et al. (2021) explained that individuals who had undergone mental health concerns before the pandemic could utilize their experiences as a reference to give comfort and assurance to other individuals. Furthermore, people who suffer from depression and anxiety are more equipped with methods to help people cope. 


Although the data varies regarding the topic of mental health, there is still a need to gather all these concerns and emphasize the need to consider mental health as an urgent matter. 


 


Mental Health is dangerous compared to what the majority thought; hence, a call for action is necessary. The percentage of individuals, particularly young adults, conveys the need for immediate intervention and management. With this, there are other concerns for the pandemic that should be prioritized rather than focusing on one aspect. The decline of the mental state can lead to much more significant risks than expected; thus, individuals, especially those in authority, should find measures to be taken for the sake of their people. Moreover, mental health should be considered an urgent matter compared to the usual thought. 


 


Photo Credit: The Indian Express


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