Growing pressure from COVID-19 on mental health, more teens suffering from depression

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(KFOR / NBC NEWS) – As increase in coronavirus cases leads to prolonged virtual learning, mental health experts report teens and teens suffer from higher-than-normal depression or feelings of self-harm .

“I didn’t expect to see teenagers, especially older teenagers, suffer as much as I’ve seen.” said Katie Evans, a licensed professional counselor based in Oklahoma City.

Since the start of the pandemic, she and her peers have seen a sharp increase in depression among adolescents and adolescents.

“We’ve all gotten so many referrals over the past few months,” Evans said. “There are so many people who want services right now, it’s so hard to find someone with an openness.”

They find that young people are suffering from a general feeling of instability this year, including the political and social climate, and especially because of the coronavirus. The pandemic is particularly difficult for young people due to what Rebecca Hubbard of the Mental Health Association Oklahoma has called “systematic” isolation during an important phase of development.

“Peers are the ones they turn to to develop their identity, to create a connection with others, to understand where they are in the world,” Hubbard said.

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