Historical Data Offers a Glimpse into Mental Health of Adolescents During COVID-19

first_imgHistorical Data Offers a Glimpse into Mental Health of Adolescents During COVID-19 A team of researchers has sought to mitigate the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on adolescents by harnessing previous research on youth physical and mental health.Their review also drew on the psychological stressors of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on children. The results were published in the Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine on March 26, 2021.“We combined past research on the psychological stress on children with present studies on the effects of COVID-19,” said Junko Okuyama of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Tohoku University Hospital and lead author of the study. “We found that exercise, even in limited forms, would help reduce mental health issues.”Lockdowns, school closures, and lack of opportunities for physical exercise have taken a huge toll on the mental wellbeing of children across the globe. This stress is likely to have a significant impact on their later development.In Japan, activities were limited in the form of self-restraint rather than a stringent lockdown. Nevertheless, schools were closed temporarily from March until late May 2020 during the Japanese government’s first state of emergency.Most studies on child adolescents in the COVID-19 pandemic have reported worsening psychological status and anxiety as a result of lockdown and decreased physical activity. But there is still no long term data on COVID-19’s influence on the mental health of young people.The research group turned to the past for answers.The Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi disaster, like COVID-19, upended the lives of many. Okuyama’s prior research had examined the counseling for high school students who had suffered through the earthquake, finding that it was effective against PTSD and depression but not against anxiety.A Tsunami evacuation tower designed after the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami ©️Tohoku UniversityThis, along with other research, was drawn upon to argue that introducing physical activities is a simple and inexpensive way to provide mental health support.“COVID-19 has posed a significant threat to our health both physically and mentally, and our youth are especially vulnerable to the latter,” added Okuyama. “By examining the relationship between physical activity and the psychological state of adolescents undergoing traumatic events, we were able to say sufficiently that physical activity improves their state of mind.”The Sendai-Tobu Road evacuation stairs, which played a role in holding back the 2011 tsunami. As a result, construction of evacuation stairs in and around the city of Sendai has proliferated ⒸTohoku UniversityLooking ahead, the research group are hoping to measure psychological test scores between physically active and non-physically active high school students.Publication Details:Title: Mental Health and Physical Activity among Children and Adolescents during the COVID-19 PandemicAuthors: Junko Okuyama, Shuji Seto, Yu Fukuda, Shunichi Funakoshi, Shintaro Amae, Jun Onobe, Shinichi Izumi, Kiyoshi Ito, Fumihiko ImamuraJournal: The Tohoku Journal of Experimental MedicineDOI: 10.1620/tjem.253.203 /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:counseling, depression, earthquake, evacuation, Fukushima, Government, health, historical data, Japan, Japanese, mental health, mental wellbeing, physical activity, PTSD, Tohoku University, universitylast_img

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