It's true we are all tired of talking or hearing about Covid-19/Pandemic in one way or another and wish it would all disappear into the echo's of the past.
But the reality is, it's left a lot of adverse consequences on young people that will continue to be a part of their experience and thinking for a good while to come.
Even though we slowly return to a level of “normality” many young people still struggle with the effects and residual stress of the last 18 months.
No other part of the population has been affected and disrupted by the pandemic more than children and young people.
A recently published study by JAMA Pediatrics reported how the Pandemic has affected the mental health of children and young people. Using 'meta-analysis' (multiple studies on a particular topic) the researchers analysed 29 studies on anxiety and depression in children and adolescents from January 2020 to February 2021. Collectively covering 80,879 young people from Europe, North America, and other parts of the world.
The study concluded that rates of anxiety and depression in children between the ages of 4 and 17 had nearly doubled during the above-referenced time period, compared to pre-pandemic levels.
According to the researcher’s data, 1 out of every 5 kids has experienced an increase in anxiety symptoms, while 1 in 4 teens are suffering from depression. The prevalence of both conditions was higher in females—although that is consistent with statistics from previous years.
Demand for my coaching sessions have grown considerably since the Pandemic and most children and teens don’t have the developed coping mechanisms, which for many with forced isolation, routine-interruption, missed events, support and friendships etc. only increased their mental anxiety and insecurity.
The signs of Anxiety can manifest as:
The New Normal Needs New Approaches:
Here's a few ideas for communicating with your child/teen in the new era.
Very important: If you notice changes in your child/teens behaviour or signs of Anxiety, it's time for an open and honest conversation with them and get them the help they need to avoid more problems later.
I'm here to help you 😀 Annette x
P.S. I want to do everything I can right here to help you and your family get back to normal and live life to the full, no matter what is going on outside. Let's chat>
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