The Mental Toll of Covid on Teenagers: What are they going to do now?

In March 2020, the world as we know it changed. People all across the country and all across the globe felt the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The country’s financial security fell into question, and it became difficult to do any of the things we love, such as spending time with friends and family, going out to eat, and traveling. In addition, the pandemic took a mental toll on the entire population, especially teenagers and young adults. This group faced increased levels of anxiety and depression.


Schooling as we know it changed; teenagers and adolescents could no longer go to school and see their friends. These routines they depend on during times of stress changed drastically. In an article published by the Cambridge University Press titled “Increases in depression and anxiety symptoms in adolescents and young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic,” researchers discovered a moderate increase in anxiety and depression during the pandemic. This specific study took place in Long Island, New York, and looked at young adults before the pandemic and after the pandemic. The conclusion of the study found that this demographic had increased symptoms of anxiety: “Findings of the current study suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to increased symptoms of generalized and social anxiety in youth living in Long Island, New York.”


With changing CDC guidelines and rising levels of vaccinations, it seems as though the country is returning to normal. Will the levels of anxiety and depression decrease among young adults and teenagers? How will young adults reenter society? Will the levels of anxiety and depression decline among young people? There is no way of truly knowing what the long-term psychological effects will be from the pandemic. All we know is that the world will indeed never be the same.

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