As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to limit our lives, many of us are struggling to stay positive, but kids stuck in a negative mood may need help to bounce back.
Children are struggling through the COVID-19. In children aged 4 to 7 years, children tend to express stress through regression and separation anxiety. This is where routine comes in. Children may struggle with social distancing. In the 7 through 10 age group, children can pick up on stress and may become fearful for their own health. At this age, young people are not capable of expressing their own emotions.
In ages 10 to 13 years, children tend to struggle with academics. At this age, they work well with structure, which is why they need routine. At ages 14 to 17, social distancing can have a devastating effect on them, resulting in an increase in depressive symptoms such as listlessness and lack of motivation.
Kids may also be experiencing disappointment or grief about losing time with friends or missed milestones like graduations, school dances, sporting events or other extracurricular activities. As the pandemic continues, those feelings may persist or deepen.
Although the majority of people who have depression do not die by suicide, having major depression does increase suicide risk compared to people without depression .
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