Following the Democratic Party’s better-than-expected performance in this month’s midterm elections, many on the left credited young adults with providing the votes needed for certain candidates to defeat their Republican rivals.
In light of Election Day results, President Joe Biden declared: “I especially want to thank the young people of this nation, who — I’m told, I haven’t seen the numbers — voted in historic numbers again just as they did two years ago. They voted to continue addressing the climate crisis, gun violence, their personal rights and freedoms, and the student debt relief.”
Although a majority of voters representing Generation Z supported Democratic candidates, it appears that these twentysomething Americans were also disproportionately impacted by the draconian COVID-19 mitigation measures embraced by leftist officials and experts.
According to a recent survey by Harmony Healthcare IT, a staggering 42% of U.S. adults between 18 and 24 have been clinically diagnosed with a mental health condition. Furthermore, one-fourth of the young adults surveyed indicated that such a diagnosis came during the pandemic.
About 90% of those with a diagnosed problem said they suffer from anxiety and 80% reported being depressed. Researchers determined that almost 70% of those in Generation Z believe that COVID-19 negatively impacted their mental health.
Generally speaking, an overwhelming majority of young adults believe things are bad right now and are likely to keep getting worse over the course of their lifetimes.
As for the toll that pandemic restrictions have taken on the mental health of this generation, the impact of social isolation and a sedentary lifestyle caused by these measures appears to have had a bigger impact than the virus itself.
In fact, the stress associated with COVID-19 and the related shutdown of society seems to have even impacted the very youngest Americans. Another study showed that babies born during the height of the pandemic displayed developmental concerns that experts say were likely caused by factors including their mothers’ stress level and a lack of human interaction.
Similar trends can be found in research elsewhere around the world.
🚨 NEW: 44% of young people are experiencing mental health problems – a dramatic increase from 35% in 2017 and 23% in 2007.
— The Sutton Trust (@suttontrust) November 23, 2022
Earlier this year, Republican lawmakers called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to release child suicide data throughout the public health crisis.
As Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) explained at the time, the pandemic “has exacerbated a worsening crisis in our society: our children’s mental health,” adding: “The data on suicide rates among children is an important tool needed to strengthen our mental health infrastructure.”