Offered by: Mackenzie Reshew, CPNP~ Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes for everyone, including kids and teens. Stay at home orders, quarantine, wearing a mask, online schooling, limitations or cancellation of sports and social events and a new illness that is likely affecting people you know or love. Each of these alone, much less together can take a significant toll on you and your child’s mental health.
During these difficult times it is more important than ever to check in with your child. Create a safe space to discuss their feelings and talk about the things that may be bothering them. Ask about their feelings and how they are coping with any changes in school, social activities or at home.
Some signs of depression and other mental health issues in children and teens include:
- Feeling sad, hopeless or increased irritability or anger
- Changing sleep patterns-especially increased sleep or fatigue
- Decreased motivation
- Decreased interest in favorite activities
- Isolation or an increased desire to be alone
- Changes in appetite or eating habits
- Younger children may have increased “bad behavior” or new fear of being alone
If you are concerned your child may be feeling depressed or is struggling to cope with the changes and stressors in their life, please reach out to their primary care provider to discuss these concerns. If you are concerned that your child may harm themselves or others you should take them to the Emergency Department or a Crisis Center. You can also contact Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-8255.
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