“Children can be very fragile, but they can also be very resilient”— TV show
As the current school year wound down to the holiday break my child and adolescent clients became more engrossed in the ongoing stress and anxiety of the world we are living in today. The number of COVID cases continued to rise, the social injustice tensions increased, and the election (no matter which side you were on) became more contentious.
As the quarantines began to hit, more children were either at home distance learning or were left in school with their friends at home. The referrals I have received from the community were due to increased signs of anxiety and depression. Disruptions to daily life during the pandemic and social isolation are all taking a toll on children’s mental health. From the middle of March to October, the proportion of emergency room visits related to children’s