Are lockdowns and social distancing more harmful to young girls? Beyond the CDC report of suicide attempts

Are lockdowns and social distancing more harmful to young girls Beyond the CDC report of suicide attempts

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.

Dr. Ron Brown

June 13, 2021

Social distancing and lockdowns may come with an extra harmful risk of suicide attempts for young girls. In an analysis of data between February and March, 2021, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found a 50.6% increase from the prior year in emergency department visits by girls aged 12 to 17 suspected of attempting suicide. Emergency Department Visits for Suspected Suicide Attempts Among Persons Aged 12–25 Years Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, January 2019–May 2021 | MMWR (cdc.gov). The study authors suggested these numbers may not represent additional suicide attempts in girls who avoided hospital admissions for fear of COVID-19. The authors also suggested that disruption from social distancing and lockdowns may have been a contributing factor in these cases, along with other factors such as substance abuse, lack of mental health treatment, and anxiety about health and economic insecurity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Separation from friends and teachers was an addi...

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