When the pandemic began in 2020, few realized how devastating its impact would be. Few knew the extent to which it would affect economies, countries and families. Few also knew the impact it would have on people of all ages. Least young people.
While the disease has had a greater impact on the bodies of older people, it has had a disastrous impact on the mental health of young people.
In recent months, studies by charities like YoungMinds have shown that more and more young people are developing mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression.
As a result, more and more young people are seeking treatment for these conditions.
However, as waiting lists continue to grow, some patients wait weeks for treatment.
Tragically, by the time this treatment is finally offered, it is sometimes too late.
Nonetheless, there is treatment that young people can make available free and easily.
The study, conducted in Gothenburg and published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, found that “guided exercise interventions were associated with reduced anxiety symptoms in primary care patients with anxiety disorders.”
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149 participants aged between 18 and 65 with anxiety or panic disorders were followed over 12 weeks to assess the impact of exercise on their mental health.
The researchers found: “There was a significant intensity trend for an increase in the proportion of patients with improved anxiety symptoms compared to controls.
“The treatment effect of exercise was similar for depressive symptoms.”
“Future studies could address the use of guided exercise in specific anxiety disorders, compare outcomes in acute and chronic conditions, and further evaluate the optimal intensity of exercise for reducing anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients with anxiety disorders.”
Exercise is known to release endorphins in the body, which help improve your mood and reduce the brain’s perception of pain.
In addition, depending on the sport, it is a useful way to make friends and become part of a community.
You can find more information on mental health from the NHS, and youth mental health advice and counseling centers can be found on the Mind, YoungMinds and Samaritan websites.
The most important thing for anyone when it comes to mental health is never to be afraid to speak up, there will always be someone to help you.