Corona has been wreaking havoc for almost three years. The mind of teenagers has been affected by the lockdown and mental stress during this period. According to a recent study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science, adolescent brains are aging prematurely.
Brain scans before and after the pandemic time
Scientists included 128 children in this research. Half of these children’s brains were being scanned for the last eight years for another study. After two scans, he was unable to complete this third scan due to corona.It was suppose to be done in March 2020. The study had to be stopped midway.
Scientists wanted to compare these same brain scans taken before the pandemic. For this, he selected children of 16 years of age. Of these, brain scans of 50% of the participants were from before the pandemic. And 50% of the brain scans of the new participants were post-pandemic. In the research, parameters such as age, gender, puberty, socio-economic status and childhood stress were kept the same.
Depression is more in teenagers after the Pandemic
“Depression, Anxiety are continuously increasing in youth after the Corona Pandemic” Results found . They also developed the hippocampus and amygdala, parts of the brain that help control memory and process emotions such as fear.
According to Researchers, Within 10 Months, Children’s brain get old three years. It is like they thinks three years older then normal students. Most of those childrens who go through with bad situations like child abuse, trauma. They are at higher risk of Heart diseases like Heart Attack and Heart fail.
Increased thoughts of suicide in children
In many earlier studies, the effect of the epidemic on children has also been examined. Scientists found that anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and other mental health problems increased in them since the beginning of the corona. Due to this, teenagers have grown up before time.