A ‘Category 5’ mental health crisis is coming | COMMENTARY

Adolescents are at particularly high risk. At a time when teens are developmentally wired to fall out of love with their parents and fall into love with their peers, they find themselves trapped at home. In teletherapy sessions with teens, I hear the psychological impact of living a virtual life, doing school online without the social and developmental benefits of contact with peers. Young people may be less at risk for the serious physical health consequences of the virus, but their mental health immune systems, not as robust as adults’, leave them at greater psychological risk, including death by suicide.

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