Kids & mental health: COVID-19's lasting impact
Experts warn disrupted routines, separation from friends and other stress brought on by the coronavirus pandemic will likely take a lasting toll on the mental health of children.
disrupted routine separation from friends and for many, no in person school. Come fall, the pandemic is wearing on the mental health of Children and teens. About one in six Children in America have a mental health disorder. And in the context of the Corona virus pandemic, we expect this to increase across the board. Health experts are seeing more symptoms of anxiety and depression in younger kids that may manifest as tantrums or behavior regression. Older Children may be more agitated, angry or withdrawn. Having a trusted adult to walk kids through those emotions is key. Name the feeling for them. I see that you're angry that you can't hang out with your friends right now, or you're really worried that something bad is going to happen to Mom when I goto work. So help them identify this feelings and then help them with ways to work through that and build resilience. While most kids will remember the pandemic like how their grand parents and great grand parents were called the Depression, it won't interfere with their development. But kids with preexisting mental health conditions are at heightened risk. A survey of 2000 young people with mental health histories in the UK found 51% reported Corona virus has made their mental health a bit worse. 32% say it's made it much worse. We know that those Children are at higher risk for developing longer term psychological impact from the pandemic, even during the summer, health experts say Establishing routines and structure can help soak in time outdoors and time with family or chatting with friends via social media watch for changes to appetite and sleeping habits as well as personalities, big shifts or signs. It's time to connect with a mental health expert. Sarah Doll If NBC News