James was first diagnosed with depression in 2017. Life was a struggle for much of his mid-20s, and hiding in bed provided the only source of comfort. It took three years of medication, therapy and strenuous lifestyle changes, but James began to recover as 2019 came to a close. "For the first time in a long time," he said, "I began to feel hopeful about the future." Then COVID-19 hit.
With most schools back to seminormal operations across the country -- that is, in-person classes with standard COVID-19 precautions) -- families have to think about how to keep everyone safe at home and in their respective day-time environments.
A growing amount of research shows loneliness could be linked to a range of health problems.