One might think that because children have been minimally effected by health related issues due to Covid 19, that the pandemic is not having a major impact on their life. It seems that this is not necessarily the case. Anytime there is a change our bodies react with stress. Our world seems to be out of control and almost nothing appears to be the same as it was a year ago. Most adults have more than a considerable degree of emotionality to process, and it is the same for children. There world has been shaken and so many things are now uncertain. Uncertainty and anxiety often go hand in hand. Many of our children no longer go to school to see their friends where they typically have been socially connected. They have lost the routine and structure in their life that can stabilize them. They no longer have face to face contact of their teachers. They need to adjust to computer based learning which is more than challenging, and additionally their teachers and parents often have anxiety themselves around computer based learning. Children who have a per-existing condition are likely to experience additional stress and symptoms are likely to intensify. Children without a per-existing condition may have a "genetic predisposition" to anxiety, and for these children we have the "perfect storm" to tap in to that susceptibility. Unfortunately anxiety can manifest itself in a number of ways and one way is that children can become symptomatic. They may become overly concerned about issues related to their own health, their parents health, or even develop panic attacks. If someone is anxious or a child is anxious remember that there is "always" a reason, and there is "always", the potential to resolve the issue. I will make several posts related to this issue and give some direction for what parents can do to help their children improve their ability to cope, and make a better adjustment to their anxiety during this difficult time. There is too much to talk about concerning this topic in one post.
Childhood Anxiety in a Pandemic (Part One)
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