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Prolonged pandemic causing depression in teenagers: analysis Updated: 2021-11-18 17:06:09 KST

It was a big day for some 510-thousand college entrance exam test-takers, mostly high-school seniors.
Thursday's annual college entrance exam was the second one that has taken place amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A recent government survey shows the prolonged pandemic is causing an increasing number of teenagers to suffer depression called "corona blues".
To talk about this more, we have in the studio Professor Choi Heeseung, of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at Seoul National University.
Professor Choi, welcome to the program.



We hear that because teenagers have less in-person contact with peers at school these days, they tend to feel more lonely and isolated.
What exactly is this corona blues and how does it impact students?

Today, tens of thousands of students took the college entrance exam, or 'suneung' amid strict disease-prevention measures.
Does their mental health also have an impact on their studies?

More online learning and less chance for physical activities these days.
Do you think this is also related to mental health? What's your advice?

How can families, friends or local communities help teenagers manage their mental health?
Any advice to teens suffering from mental issues, perhaps to reduce their stress?

What do you think the government should do to help them?
Should there be some kind of legal support?

That was Professor Choi Heeseung, of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at Seoul National University. Thank you for your insights.
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