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  • Writer's pictureJin Lee

12 Signs of Anxiety and/or Depression your children may be experiencing and what you can do to help

It’s been well over 2 months since this country declared the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic concerns, and we can only imagine how much out lives have changed since then.

I work with children and treat their mental health and behavior concerns all day long, but oh boy, being a teacher is a whole new thing….especially while trying to get my work done at the same time.

So, I’ll just say, hats off to all of the parents who are juggling so many things at the same time!

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You as parents are doing great helping your child cope with stress associated with COVID-19!

When our lifestyles are disrupted suddenly, some of us struggle to adjust while others may be just “fine” at the moment.

The thing is, that when this uncertainty continues for several weeks and months, the initial “fuel” of keeping up with the adjustment starts to wear down.

This “wearing down overtime” syndrome applies to every one of us more or less, including your children.

But unlike us adults, how children express their distress may look a bit different.

Some of the signs may have been present even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, but we are talking about changes in your child’s mood/behavior before vs. after the pandemic began.

Here is a handout of 12 common telltale signs of distress demonstrated by children and what YOU can do (and say) as parents to help them cope with stress.

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We are in this together, and we will get through…

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You as parents can help your child cope with distress

Until next time…be well:)

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