Rates of depression and anxiety have increased significantly over the past eight years, especially among young adults. These rates began to increase before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but social isolation has increased the rate, especially among underserved and marginalized groups, who often do not have easy access to resources. helped increase the rate.
Dr. Anne Marie Albano is a professor of medical psychology at Columbia University who has undertaken extensive research to understand and treat depression and anxiety in young people.
“Since 2015, when it comes to young adults, we have seen a significant and steady increase in disabling depression in the young adult population. I haven’t received any help,” Albano said.
So not only are these rates increasing, but there is a shortage of treatments. Barriers to getting treatment include cost, stigma against treatment of mental illness, and a lack of understanding of the challenges young people face in the medical field. Approaches to these treatments must take into account the changes in communication and technology that have profoundly changed the challenges presented to today’s children and adolescents.
Dr. Melissa Bessach, associate professor of social services at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, explains disability in detail.
“So cost is the main reason and lack of adequate insurance is the reason they avoid treatment and they don’t feel they can really afford this. I feel they may not have access to the support they need,” Bessach said.
A major positive outcome of mental health treatment during the pandemic has been an increase in telemedicine services and support, which has persisted and continues to provide more accessible treatment.
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