Adolescent Health in a Pandemic
So, adolescent and childhood anxiety and loneliness has come to the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. It is not just about money, it is about the health of our families first, that gives us the drive for money. Money can not guarantee our families health, we need community, good will and expertise to help with that. The pandemic has robbed us of many things, friends, engagements, jobs, don’t allow it to take our children. Here are a few things that you can do now to help your child.
Last Saturday, we had an explosive event, with expert panelist in physical, mental health and financial suaveness, that helped a lot of young adolescents and their parents deal with the affects of this pandemic on school and their social lives. We must continue to look at ways to keep our children safe, mentally and physically. Don’t ignore your child or the signs of them crying out for help. We are here to help you keep it together physically and mentally. Make an appointment today, virtual visits start at $29.99. www.hhctelehealth.com
P.S. this excerpt was sent to me by one of my panelist, that does not have children or work in healthcare, but very aware and concerned about the needs of our young people.:
IDEA OF THE DAY: ANXIOUS ADOLESCENTS
The pandemic has isolated many children from their friends and extended families — and appears to be leading to a rise in mental health problems. In one recent survey, almost 80 percent of adolescent girls reported feeling more lonely since the pandemic began. “It’s not just the fear of missing out, it’s the actual missing out,” one expert told The Wall Street Journal.
What can parents do to help?
Show empathy. Parents should “recognize the very real losses that young people are feeling right now,” Ann Murphy of Rutgers University told The Los Angeles Times. Many adults can recreate parts of their pre-pandemic lives more easily than kids can.
Create structure. A daily schedule can give children a needed sense of control, writes the psychologist Ann Kearney-Cooke. “Action is the antidote for anxiety and depression.”
Limit screen time. Many girls are spending more time talking to friends on social media, while boys are turning to video games. Both can deepen loneliness. Vivek Murthy, the former U.S. surgeon general, suggests phone or video calls instead.
Seek help. The pandemic has made it harder for many adolescents to receive mental health treatment. Online services can fill the gap.
A listening recommendation: On the “Teenager Therapy” podcast, five California high schoolers talk mental health, family and regaining a semblance of normalcy during lockdown.
Because the need is great we have decided to see younger children during the pandemic, and provide gap treatment, if children are unable to get into their providers or unable to afford the higher office visit cost. Virtual visits start at $29.99.
Call 911 if needed or suicide prevention at 1-800-273-8255,
National Mental health agency 1-703-684-7722 www.mhanational.org/