the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Margot Douglass ’22
As COVID-19 continues to spread globally at an alarming rate, issues of mental illnesses – such as depression or anxiety – rise substantially. Ever since the pandemic, many people have lost their family members and friends, jobs, and privileges that compose an important part of our daily life. These losses result in an increasing amount of stress and pain, which can develop into more severe mental illness issues.
Since the introduction of COVID-19, around 41% of adults and 56% of young adults reported anxiety or depressive disorders in January and December 2020, respectively. These numbers have risen approximately 30% since January and June of 2019 and connect to social isolation and loneliness due to social distancing and travel restrictions. This situation is exacerbating and evolving into a public health crisis and can be associated with a shorter lifespan and a higher risk of further mental and physical illnesses. Ultimately, the pandemic has taken the lives of many individuals as well as restricted social norms, which has resulted in a severe increase in cases of anxiety and depression. Nevertheless, there are a few approaches to alleviate the situation.
Medications that can treat anxiety and depression exist, such as antidepressants or extensive therapy, though some simple yet effective remedies are also available. Since social and academic life can be especially tough for boarding students, it is essential to stay positive and maintain daily exercise. On balance, communication is the most powerful tool for students who need any help.
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