covid19 an mental health

The number of Out Patient Department (OPD) consultations for young adults have doubled for depression, anxiety, gaming addiction and for the lack of concentration and specialize in studies, consistent with a replacement study by Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.


  •  Pandemic induced home isolation and shift in work/ study formats: study
  •  Restricted life of people within four walls has added to the stress: Study
  • The students are turning more agitated and sometimes feel helpless: Study

NEW DELHI : Constrained lifestyle and limited physical activities during the Coronavirus-19 widespread has impacted young adults twofold resulting in visible, behavioural changes like rising in depression and anxiety among them, cites a new study. “The number of OPD consultations for young adults have doubled for depression, anxiety, gaming addiction and for the inability to concentrate and focus on studies. Schools and college goers are reporting various mental health problems,” stated the study by Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.

The study conducted by the hospital during the widespread period (2019-2021) revealed that thanks to constrained lifestyle and limited physical activities, behavioural changes are observed in young adults two-fold. The restricted lifetime of young adults within the four walls of their homes followed by remote learning, increased use of the web, and absence of outside activities have impacted the behavioural changes. Widespread induced home isolation and shift in study/work formats are the main factors of the highly reported problems of hysteria, depression and low concentration among others.

The students are turning more agitated and often feel helpless, the experts who conducted the study observed.

“Physical activities and exercise stimulate the release of brain chemicals like endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin that play a vital role in regulating an individual’s mood. Release of those chemicals is important to take care of an honest appetite and proper sleeping pattern, they added”.

Dr Sandeep Vohra, a senior consultant of psychological state and Psychiatry at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals said,

“The widespread has acted as a serious change within the lifestyle of young adults who are both school and college-going students. Staying restricted indoors impacted their psychological state. With an absence of a structured routine, the scholars are having erratic sleeping patterns and unregulated access to social media. This is further deviating their attention from their studies and symptoms such as irritability, uneven sleep problems, appetite problems, weight gain, etc. are becoming more common in them, he added”.

Further, Dr Vohra advised parents to actively engage with their children, talk to them and observe all kinds of behavioural changes shown by them.

The mental health issues of young adults should be addressed at the earliest and parents, teachers should consult mental health professionals for emotional wellness evaluation or intervention is required, Dr Vohra said.

Dr Vohra also said that adolescence is an evolving stage of life, any disturbance in terms of both psychological state and physical at this stage can hamper the long term experiences of life.


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