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More than half of young women depressed during a pandemic: “We are not sure what the long-term impacts will be”

More than half of women in their early twenties were depressed due to a pandemic that caused significant disruptions in their lives, according to a new study.

Tark’s research by the Institute for Economic and Social Research (ESRI) shows how the mental health of young adults has been adversely affected since the advent of Covid-19.

According to the report, more than 55 percent of women in their early 20s and 41 percent of men are classified as depressed.

A survey of more than 2,200 people, mostly 22-year-olds in December 2020, raised questions about the ongoing effect after the youth pandemic.

In a similar study conducted before the pandemic, 22 percent of men and 31 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 22 were classified as depressed.

According to the latest statistics, the number of men suffering from depression has almost doubled.

Mental health experts described the findings as “significantly worrying” and called on the government to address the lack of services available to young people who need support at a critical time.

Loss of work, difficulties in distance learning and less face-to-face contact with friends have contributed to the increase in the rate of depression.

Spending less time in sports and outdoors is also associated with a higher rate of depression among men.

While alcohol consumption has fallen sharply, many have turned to unhealthy eating habits during the pandemic.

Ann Nolan, one of the authors of the report, said: “Overall, the level of alcohol consumption during the pandemic dropped among young adults, but a small group that increased consumption had poorer mental health.

“For women, eating more junk food and sweets is also associated with an increased risk of depression.

Emer Smith, co-author of the report, said the increase in those who reported being depressed was “very sharp”.

“The numbers were worrying before the pandemic, and we expressed concern then, but these last numbers are very, very high.

“We’re not sure what the long-term impacts will be.”

Dr. Joseph Morning of SpunOut.ie said Irish Independent: “The impact of the pandemic will be significant and long-lasting.

“The problem is that there will be many young people who will experience depression, and that will increase the pressure on these already overburdened mental health services.

“The waiting lists will be longer, and when the lists are longer, young people do not get the right help at the right time.

“Your symptoms are growing and getting worse, people will have more significant mental health problems than they would have if they could have received prevention at the right time.

Dr. Alison Rooney, a certified psychologist from Malachid, Co Dublin, said Irish Independent the pandemic brought challenges to everyone.

However, those in their early 20s were particularly affected, as they had just moved into adulthood when all their social networks were cut off.

“Being excluded is a thing that really affects young women and young men,” said Dr Rooney.

“Young women in that age group began to find themselves, to live their lives as adults for the first time.

“They became independent, and then the fact that they were so radically interrupted and that they were very unrelated to the normal development with their peers, deeply affected them.

“It was very difficult and it led to depression.

“Covid’s locks have shattered the social self-confidence of young people.

“I have seen in my practice that many younger adults struggle to regain a sense of self in social situations.

“Social self-confidence is like a muscle. You have to practice that, and they haven’t practiced for two years. “

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