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‘It felt like my insides were crying’: China COVID curbs hit youth mental health
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‘It felt like my insides were crying’: China COVID curbs hit youth mental health

HONG KONG, Aug 30 Reuters) - Zhang Meng had a breakdown last December. The 20-year-old found herself sobbing on the stairs of her dorm, driven to despair by repeated COVID lockdowns of her university campus in Beijing.The lockdowns had meant she was mostly confined to her room and unable to meet up with friends. There were also strict curbs on when she could visit the canteen or take a shower. Describing herself as someone who craves in-person social interaction, Zhang said the restrictions had "removed the safety net that was holding me up and I felt like my whole being was falling down".That month, she was diagnosed with major depression and anxiety.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterYao, also 20 and who asked that his first name not be used, had his first br...