Teen depression and declining mental health are on the rise. COVID-19 has been hard for everyone as a nation and worldwide, but it has been especially hard for teens and young adults.
Young people are struggling to cope emotionally and may not have the experience and resources to manage the overwhelming changes that they have been forced to navigate.
The decline in mental health among this age group has led to a significant increase in anxiety and depression.
Teens and young adults are especially at risk for depression during COVID-19.
With schools being closed and teens being isolated from their peers, and with social interactions being an important developmental requirement for this age group, their mental health is suffering.
Kids of this age group are feeling increasingly anxious about their future, leading to increased feelings of hopelessness.
Young adults are not sure their friendships are strong enough to withstand the long breaks from in-person contact and are struggling with learning and taking classes online.
Teens and young adults are showing a significant increase in depression and anxiety. Plus, there has been a rise in suicide risk among this age group.
Virtual meetings do not offer the same connection as in-person meetings with teens and young adults.
They feel like they are missing out on important milestones and are experiencing a lack of security with their future and jobs.
Checking in often with your teens and young adults — and finding ways to have them see friends outdoors while wearing masks and social distancing — can make a difference in their mental health.
Here are 8 signs of teen depression you need to watch out for.
1. Mood changes.
They’re more irritated, angry, and feeling more hopeless.
There’s a decrease in their communication or they give short answers.
2. Less interest in academics.
They feel that that school is a waste of time and doesn’t matter.
There’s an increase in missing assignments, or they refuse to attend virtual classes.
3. Sleep issues.
They have difficulty falling asleep or often wake up in the middle of the night. They may also sleep too much.