In the early months of 2021, visits to emergency departments for suspected suicide attempts increased roughly 50 percent for adolescent girls compared with the same period in 2019, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more ›
Anxiety & Depression
From loneliness and anxiety to severe or suicidal depression, the coronavirus’ mental health impact on youth has surged into its own epidemic, swelling the number of children’s visits to emergency rooms for mental health problems. National screenings show that children, adolescents and teens have struggled emotionally during the pandemic more than any other age group. Read more ›
In recent weeks, Dr. Kali Cyrus has struggled with periods of exhaustion. Exhaustion is also one of the top complaints she hears from her patients these days. They say things like, “It’s just so hard to get out of bed” or “I’ve been misplacing things more often,” she says.
Mental health care providers around the U.S. are hearing similar complaints. And many providers, like Cyrus, are feeling it themselves. Read more ›
Anxiety, a feeling of uneasiness or nervousness, is something most of us experience at some point in our lives. Usually, it is a perfectly normal response in times of uncertainty, change or challenging life situations.
For many of us, the anxiety we feel about COVID-19 comes and goes, but for others anxiety has become their constant companion. Among these people, for some their feelings of anxiety never increase but are continuous and persistent, leaving them emotionally exhausted. Others experience an increase in symptoms, experiencing anxiety as fear, dread and even panic. Read more ›
People around the world have anticipated the moment when life can return to “pre-pandemic normal.” But as that reality seems within sight, many are now feeling increased anxiety about getting back into life. Read more ›
If you are a parent, the period of self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have been a difficult adjustment for your children. Similarly, the idea of going back into the world might leave your kids feeling anxious at the idea of another big change, or they could be looking forward to things going back to “normal” only to find that life still isn’t quite as they remember it.
It’s important to talk to your children about how what to expect as they re-enter the world outside of your home. Read more ›
Your young child has just had months of time with you at home. Most likely, there have been no other caregivers outside of your own family, due to shelter-in-place guidelines. But now—as communities begin to re-open—you may be facing a major transition for your family: Heading back to child care. If you imagine this change may be harder for your child after months of “just you,” you are probably right. Read more ›
Nervous about going out into the world again? Here are tips from a neuroscientist, a therapist, a behavioral scientist and a psychologist. Read more ›
Adults and children must find a balance between structure and spontaneity. Structure allows for a framework, choices, and some flexibility, but rigidity means you follow the rules — or else. How do you find balance? The best thing is to maintain structure and organization, but allow time for fun and taking advantage of opportunities that come your way. Read more ›
In the past year, there have also been numerous stressors, including the ongoing pandemic, balancing work and parenting demands, and managing other obligations at home and/or in our personal life. This combination of traumas and stressors may feel overwhelming right now.
This fact sheet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) provides guidance on what parents/caregivers can do to care for their children as they cope with collective traumas. Read more ›