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Social isolation causes additional mental health concerns for students

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As universities transition to online classes and campus culture dramatically changes with canceled events, virtual club meetings and an absence of parties, college students have been forced to sacrifice social connections for life itself.

Social distancing, self-isolation and travel restrictions have become effective means of reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Though necessary, these measures have had a profound impact on individual’s mental health and wellbeing.

While social isolation and loneliness were prevalent in the United States prior to the pandemic, research shows that limiting close face-to-face contact with others has caused a whole new range of health concerns and problematic health behaviors among people.

A poll that the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted in mid-July found that 62% of participants aged 18 to 29 said that worry and stress related to the pandemic have had a negative impact on their mental health.

Of the participants, 36% reported difficulty sleeping, 12% reported increased alcohol or drug use, 32% reported poor appetite or overeating and 12% reported worsening chronic conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

A survey that the Healthy Minds Network conducted in the spring found the rate of depression among college students has also increased since the start of the […]

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