(NewsGlobal.com)- According to a recent survey, many young people are struggling with mental health issues like anxiety, depression, PTSD, and ADHD.
The Indiana-based data-management company Harmony Healthcare IT surveyed around 1,000 individuals ages 18 to 24 and found that of those surveyed, 42 percent said they suffer from a diagnosed mental health issue, and 25 percent of them said their diagnosis occurred during the pandemic.
Among the 42 percent with a mental health diagnosis, 90 percent said they suffer from anxiety and 80 percent said they suffer from depression.
Almost 70 percent said the pandemic had a negative effect on their mental health. Another 85 percent said they worry about the future.
Only 20 percent of respondents said they have a regular therapist while 57 percent admit to being on medication for their diagnosis. Thirty-nine percent said they attend therapy at least once a week.
Recent studies have shown a correlation between the pandemic lockdowns and rising incidents of depression and anxiety.
Analysis from the University of Calgary suggested that as many as 25 percent of children worldwide are now suffering depression and anxiety since the pandemic lockdowns.
Researchers at the University of Bristol found that fewer than 40 percent of children were getting sufficient daily exercise at the end of 2021. Meanwhile, the CDC reported that obesity rates among children have risen at a “staggering” pace.
A Columbia University study on 250 babies born in New York between March 2020 and December 2020 suggested that the pandemic lockdowns could have had adverse effects on the development of newborns, even if the mother did not contract COVID during pregnancy. The researchers suggested that increased stress on the mother during pregnancy, as well as the reduced interactions with other infants and the stressful interactions with parents or caregivers, may be to blame.