Germany: psychiatrist on the dangers of quarantine for adolescents

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The corona pandemic has radically changed the lives of children and young people. Schools and childcare facilities have been closed, familiar structures have been destroyed, entertainment and cultural institutions have been closed, parties and meetings with a company of friends are prohibited. Consequence – emotional shock.

Psychiatrist from Tübingen (Baden-Württemberg) draws the attention of politicians to the consequences of isolation for adolescents. Depression, anxiety, impaired appetite, or vice versa craving for “seizing stress”, a tense situation in families. Unfortunately, few studies of the effects of isolation on children and adolescents during the coronavirus pandemic show sad results.

Tobias Renner, head of the department of child and adolescent psychiatry in Tübingen, said that since last summer, the number of severe mental disorders in children and adolescents has increased significantly. Colleagues from other cities, Renner said, are reporting similarly disappointing results, with an increase in mental illness among children and adolescents across the country.

Renner believes that the second wave of the pandemic will lead to even more serious consequences. In this regard, the expert urges to pay more attention to the younger generation and, when deciding to limit measures, not to forget about how they affect the mental health of young people.

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