Updated: Mar 23, 2021 10:17 IST
Washington [US], March 23 (ANI): The ongoing
The findings of the were published in the journal ‘Psychiatry Research’.
Apart from increased levels of clinic depression being reported, a decrease in alcohol consumption was identified amongst during the .
During this unique ers from the University of Surrey surveyed 259 pre- (autumn 2019) and in the midst of initial lockdown measures (May/June 2020) on their levels of depression, anxiety, wellbeing, alcohol use, and sleep quality.
Researchers found evidence of a substantial impact on the of these young adults due to the , with a significant rise in depression symptoms and a reduction in overall wellbeing during lockdown compared to the previous autumn.
Levels of clinical depression in those surveyed were found to have more than doubled, rising from 14.9 per cent in autumn 2019 to 34.7 per cent in May/June 2020.
Sleep quality was not seen to decline in the overall sample but, importantly, a correlation was seen between the rise in depression and lower sleep quality under lockdown. Also of concern, ers identified a significant shift towards ‘eveningness’ (a preference to go to sleep and wake later), which has previously been associated with higher levels of anxiety and a greater prevalence of minor psychiatric disorders.
Interestingly, despite reports of rising worldwide sales of alcohol during the first lockdown, ers identified a significant decrease in alcohol consumption amongst the group that could be attributed to social restrictions in place during this period. Researchers were encouraged by this finding as it suggests that were not using alcohol as a coping strategy during that time.
Findings from this highlighted the substantial impact of the on ‘s . The link to sleep quality could help inform strategies to support their wellbeing as the situation continues to evolve.
Dr Simon Evans, Lecturer in Neuroscience at the University of Surrey, said, “For many years there has been a rise in the number of experiencing problems with their , and it is concerning to find that this has been significantly exacerbated due to Covid-19.”
“Supporting the of and ensuring they can access the support they need is vital to ensure their overall wellbeing. As social restrictions continue in response to the , it is crucial that we take steps to protect their ,” concluded Dr Evans. (ANI)