Almost half of Italian youth experiencing higher levels of depression, anxiety: report

  • World
  • Thursday, 30 May 2024

ROME, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Almost half of young Italians are suffering from severe anxiety and depression in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a report jointly produced by the think tank Censis and the National Youth Council said.

The report, entitled "Post-Pandemic Generaton," has said that 49.4 percent of Italians aged between 18 and 25 suffered from heightened symptoms of anxiety due to the pandemic and its associated lockdowns.

That compares to just 23.0 percent of their parents' generation that reported similar feelings.

Censis, officially the "Centro Studi Investimenti Sociali" (the Social Investment Study Center), is a Rome-based private sector think tank. The National Youth Council is a state-funded advisory entity focused on issues confronting young people.

Additionally, 62.1 percent of young Italians said their expectations for the future had diminished.

The report also said that "between the factors of anxiety, depression, and isolation, malaise among the youth is a reality that is not always perceived." It called for creation of special programs aimed at helping young Italians confront the issues presented in the report.

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