Why are adolescents depressed and anxious during COVID-19?
Regardless of the severity of the pandemic, a significant proportion of teenagers will meet the criteria for anxiety,
depression, or another mental illness.
Teens have been forced to withdraw from normal social, physical, and educational interactions as a result of the pandemic.
According to findings, children have been the hardest hit by changes in social interactions over the last year, with three in four parents reporting a negative impact on their teen's friendships.
What are the symptoms of adolescent depression?
According to the research, parents reported negative changes in their teen's sleep patterns, withdrawal from family, and aggressive behaviour during the pandemic.
These signs and symptoms may be indicative of depression or anxiety. Parents should be on the lookout for teens who exhibit these behaviours or make other significant behavioural changes as a result of the added stress of being away from their usual experiences.
Parents should be aware of warning signs such as withdrawal and isolation from others, academic decline, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, substance use, apathy, and suicidal thoughts. Early detection of anxiety and depression can result in more effective treatment and outcomes.
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