Covid-19: Young people found winter lockdown harder – says charity


During the Winter Lockdown earlier this year the mental health charity Young Minds surveyed just over 2000 13-25-year-olds to find out how they were coping with the lockdown. According to the survey, 75 percent of respondents said they found the Winter Lockdown, “harder to cope with than the previous ones”. Furthermore, 44 percent of respondents said it was much harder, whilst only 14 percent found it easier. On whether the Covid-19 pandemic would have a long-term negative effect on their menta health, nearly 70 percent said they thought it would.

Young Minds says that this figure includes those who had suffered traumatic experiences, lost someone during the pandemic or were concerned about their future educational and career prospects.

The under-25s have suffered greatly during the winter lockdown as they did during the first earlier lockdowns.

With bars and cafes shut, thousands lost employment and with schools closed, there has been a not insignificant impact on their education.

These have been key factors in the mental health of young people suffering since the pandemic began.


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Other factors that may indicate you have GAD are if your worrying is uncontrollable, your worries are extremely upsetting or you’re worrying significantly affects your daily life.

You do not need to have all four to be diagnosed as having anxiety and temporary feelings of anxiety are completely normal.

You should go and see your GP if your anxiety is beginning to affect your daily life.

If your GP diagnoses you as having an anxiety disorder, there are two options available to you.

Specifically, you might be prescribed a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.

This is a type of anti-depressant, that works by increasing levels of serotonin in the blood to improve your mood.

Your dosage and duration of treatment will depend on your level of anxiety and the dosage will always be the lowest possible to improve your mental state.

The important thing to remember is that anxiety need not ruin your life, despite how much it might hurt to live with it.

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