Depression hits high levels among young Poles - survey

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Poles aged 18-24 are experiencing levels of depression, fatigue and powerlessness far higher than their older peers, according to a new poll.

The CBOS survey found that 32 percent of the youngest respondents experienced depression, 11 percent more than the average, while 44 percent felt powerless (versus 31 percent on average) and 47 percent experienced fatigue (36 percent on average).

The report authors say this could be the result of home isolation, distance learning and a lack of contact with peers caused by the coronavirus pandemic and its related restrictions.

In general, 57 percent of Poles were satisfied with some elements of last year, but 46 percent said they felt disregarded by the government.

The general mood of respondents declined compared to the previous year owing to lower positive and higher negative scores in a number of categories.

Meanwhile the "everything is going fine" category dropped by 16 percentage points compared to the previous year to 49 percent of positive answers.

The percentage of people who feel disrespected by the government jumped by 15 percentage points to a record level of 46 percent, unseen since the late 1980s.

CBOS carried out the survey in a mix-mode format on a sample of 1,010 Poles between November 30 and December 10, 2020.