A recently published FAIR Health study, The Impact of COVID-19 on Pediatric Mental Health, highlights the developments in the mental health of children as a result of locking down the country.
The statistics demonstrate that:
-“kids are depressed and dejected and they are regressing.”
-“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental health, particularly that of young people. School closures, having to learn remotely, and isolating from friends due to social distancing have been sources of stress and loneliness,” Carlson said.
-“Among children aged 13 to 18 – teenagers – insurance claims for intentional self-harm were up 90 percent in March of 2020 compared to the previous year. The next month, in April, self-harm cases rose by nearly 100 percent.”
Most Western Countries obfuscate or simply refuse to publish their recent suicide statistics. Switzerland, the land of instant statistics, announced the 2020 suicide data will not be available before 2022 because of reasons.
Excerpt from “Solar Behavior” (Published Aug 2020):
“In early 2020, studies calculated that the government policies, lockdowns etc. related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 – ‘leading to rampant unemployment, isolation and an uncertain future – could lead to 75,000 additional deaths in the US from drug or alcohol abuse and suicide.’ [i] (See also the alignment of solar activity and death by despair, Fig. p. 68).
The annual number of deaths from despair (the 3 causes above) is 158,000 per year only for the US, in 2018. [ii]
So, if we add the 75,000 in the US this year (that will be plus 50% in just one year!) then the Covid-lockdown, not the virus, is a man-made disaster without precedent only regarding suicide drugs and alcohol, not even including the 250 million people threatened by starvation because of the lockdowns. [iii]
In 2020 the German DAK PsychReport revealed that employees’ sick leave days due to psychological disorders more than tripled from 1997 to 2019. [iv] The data for the first Corona year 2020 had not yet been available but must be expected to constitute an enormous additional spike. The most frequent psychological disorders were depression and “Adjustment-disorder” (psychological exhaustion disorder).”
The FAIR Health study:
The Impact of COVID-19 on Pediatric Mental Health – A Study of Private Healthcare Claims
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental health, particularly on that of young people. Defining the pediatric population as individuals aged 0-22 years, and focusing on the age groups 13-18 years and 19-22 years, FAIR Health studied the effects of the pandemic on US pediatric mental health. To do so, FAIR Health analyzed data from its database of over 32 billion private healthcare claim records, tracking month-by-month changes from January to November 2020 compared to the same months in 2019. Aspects of pediatric mental health investigated include overall mental health, intentional self-harm, overdoses and substance use disorders, top mental health diagnoses, reasons for emergency room visits and state-by-state variations. Among the key findings:
Overall Mental Health
- In March and April 2020, mental health claim lines1 for individuals aged 13-18, as a percentage of all medical claim lines, approximately doubled over the same months in the previous year. All medical claim lines (including mental health claim lines), however, decreased by approximately half. That pattern of increased mental health claim lines and decreased medical claim lines continued through November 2020, though to a lesser extent.
- A similar pattern was seen for individuals aged 19-22, though the changes were smaller. In general, the age group 19-22 had mental health trends similar to but less pronounced than the age group 13-18.Intentional Self-Harm
- Claim lines for intentional self-harm as a percentage of all medical claim lines in the 13-18 age group increased 90.71 percent in March 2020 compared to March 2019. The increase was even larger when comparing April 2020 to April 2019, nearly doubling (99.83 percent).
- Comparing August 2019 to August 2020 in the Northeast, for the age group 13-18, there was a 333.93 percent increase in intentional self-harm claim lines as a percentage of all medical claim lines, a rate higher than that in any other region in any month studied for that age group.Overdoses and Substance Use Disorders
- For the age group 13-18, claim lines for overdoses increased 94.91 percent as a percentage of all medical claim lines in March 2020 and 119.31 percent in April 2020 over the same months the year before. Claim lines for substance use disorders also increased as a percentage of all medical claim lines in March (64.64 percent) and April (62.69 percent) 2020 as compared to their corresponding months in 2019.Mental Health Diagnoses
- For the age group 6-12, from spring to November 2020, claim lines for obsessive-compulsive disorder and tic disorders increased as a percentage of all medical claim lines from their levels in the corresponding months of 2019.
- For the age group 13-18, in April 2020, claim lines for generalized anxiety disorder increased 93.6 percent as a percentage of all medical claim lines over April 2019, while major depressive disorder claim lines increased 83.9 percent and adjustment disorder claim lines 89.7 percent.
[i] CBS news; Coronavirus pandemic may lead to 75,000 “deaths of despair” from suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, study says; SERENA GORDON; MAY 8, 2020; https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-deaths-suicides-drugs-alcohol-pandemic-75000/
[ii] Case, Anne; Deaton, Angus (April 14, 2020). “American capitalism is failing Trump’s base as white working-class ‘deaths of despair’ rise”. NBC News. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
[iii] The Lockdown IS the Pandemic: Oxfam confirms Hunger caused by coronavirus could kill more than the virus itself; SACHA DOBLER ON 11. JULY 2020; https://abruptearthchanges.com/2020/07/11/the-lockdown-is-the-pandemic-oxfam-confirms-hunger-caused-by-coronavirus-could-kill-more-than-the-virus-itself/
[iv] DAK-Psychoreport 2020: rasanter Anstieg der Arbeitsausfälle; Oct, 2020; https://www.dak.de/dak/bundesthemen/dak-psychoreport-2020-2335930.html#/