Long-term mental health effects on children amid pandemic

Pandemic has long-term mental health effects on children



LOW 40S. JENNIFER: TWO YEARS INTO THE PANDEMIC, AND NOW WE’RE SEEING THE LONG-TERM MTAENL HEALTH CONSEQUENCES ON CHILDREN. THAT’S OUR MARYLAND PEACE OF MIND TICOP TSHI MORNING. JOINING US IS DR. TERESA SCOTT, A LICENDSE PSYCHOLOGIST WITH CHILD BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS IN BALTIMORE COUNTY. THANKS FOR JOININGS U THIS MORNING. >> THANKS FOR HAVING ME AGAIN. APPRECIATE IT. JENNIFER: YOU’RE WELCOME. SO, LISTEN, PUTTING KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL DIDN’T MAGICALLY SOLVE ETH PROBLEM FOR MANY KIDS. >> AGREED, 100%. THOUGH THE SEEMS LIKE THINGS ARE GOINBAG CKO T NORMAL. KIDS ARE STRUGGLI.NG THE PANDEMIC HAS BROUGHT LOSS AND TRAUMA FOR KIDS. WE’VE SEEN THE RATES OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION DOUBLE. ABOUT 1 IN 4 KIDS ARE RECORDING DEPRESSION. 1 IN 5 ARE RECORDING ANXIETY. WE’VE REALLY SEEN INCREASING BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS, ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS THAT ALREADY HAD DIAGNOSES OF ADHD AND AUTISM. AND JUST INCREASED SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND PROBLEMS IN THE AREA OF EATING DISORDERS. SO KIDS ARE REALLY — WE’RE STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. JENNIF:ER ABSOLUTELY. WHEN KIDS WENT BACK TO SCHOOL, ESPECIALLY FOR OLDER KIDS, THE DYNAMICS, T FHERIEND GROUPS HAVE CHANGED BECAUSE OF THE ISOLAONTI THAT OCCURRED. >> DEFINITELY, YEAH. WE’RE SEEING THAT. THAT’S ONE OF THE MANY STRUGGLES THAT THEY’RE ENDURING. ALMOST TIME TO FIGURE OUT THE NE E WNORMAL, AND HOW DO YOU NAVIGATE, YOU KNOW, IN SOME OF THOSE RELATIONSHIPS HAVE CHANGED, BEING UNCERTAIN ABOUT WHERE THEY STAND IN THOSE RELATIONSHIPS. ALL OF THAT CAN INCREASE ANXIETY SO MAYBE FEELING SOCIALLY ISOLATED, BUT THEN THE OUTSKIRTS OF CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS, IT’S NOT HEINLPG. JENNIFER: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER ISSUES YOU FEEL CONTRIBUTE TO THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS RIGHT NOW WITH KIDS? >> I THINK RIGHT NOW, IT’S THE FACT THAT THEY’RE STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS CONSTANT CHANGE AND UNCERTAINTY, LIKE EVEN THOUGH WE’RE KIND OF SOMEWHAT BACK TO NORMAL, THINGS ARE ALWAYS CHANGING. THEY D’TON KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT AND FOLLOW CUES FROM CAREGIVERS AND, YOU KNOW, SOME CAREGIVERS MAY BE DOING BETTER THAN OTHERS. SO I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF FEAR AND FRUSTRATION THAT’S NOT HELPING. JENNIFER: BECAUSE OF THE INCREASE IN THIS, THERAPISTS ARE OVERWHELMED. MANY HEAV WAITING LISTS AND SOME FAMILIES ARE JUST NOW STARTING TO GET THEIR KIDS IN TO GET SEEN. WHAT IS ETH DETRIMENTAL EFFECT OF THAT, NOT BEING ABLE TO GET TH E HELP? THAT’SLE TOUGH PORT. PEOPLE ARE TRYING TOO D THE BEST, BUT FAMILIES ARE DEALING WITH IT ON THEIR OWN. SOME OF THE EFFECTS AS A RESULT OF THAT WOULD BE MORE DISRUPTNIO TO PROBLEMS IN SCHOOL. IT COULD BE IN HOME LIFE, COMMUNITY. IT DOES PUT KIDS MORE AT RISK FOR, LIKE, POSSIBLY SUICIDE, ACADEMIC FAILURE, YOU KNOW, MORE RISK TAKING BEHAVIOR, SUBSTANCE USE. SO JUST MORE PRO LONGED DISTRESS CAN LEAD TO MORE LONG-TERM PROBLEMS, MENTAL HEALTH DIFFICULTIES. JENNIFER: I KNOW SOMETIMES IT CAN TAKE A LITTLE WHILE FOR CAREGIVERS TO ZONE IN ON WHEN SOMETHING IS GOING ON OR A PHASE. WHAT ARE SIGNS YOU TELL THEM TO LOOK OUT FOR? >> YEAH, THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION. I THINK IT’S HARD. ONE OF THE STAGES THAT WE USE IS THE LEVELF O FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENT. SO WHAT WE MEAN IS HOW MUCH ARE BEHAVIORS OR SYMPTOMS THAT THEY’RE SEEING FROM THEIR CHILD INTERFERING WITTHH E DAY-TO-DAY FUNCTIONING, WHETHER IT BE IN SCHOOL, HOME, OR THE COUNY.ITMM AND HOW LONG HAS THIS DISTRESS PERSISTED FOR. IF IT’S GOING ON FOR WEEKS, RESULTING IN DISTRESS FOR NOT JUST THE KIDS BUT ALSOHE T FAMILY, THEN THAT’S A SIGN THEY PROBABLY NEED TO SEEK OUT ADDITIONAL HELP. OTHER SIGNS — OH, GO AHEAD. JENNIFER: NO, YOU’RE ON A ROLL. GO FOR IT. >> OTHER SIGNS IN LITTLE KIDS, OBVIOUSLY, THEY’RE GOING TO SEE A REGRESSION IN DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTES.ON THEY’RE GOING TO MAYBE BE MEOR CLINGY, TANTRUM. FOR OLDER KIDS, MEDOV RELATED SYMPTOMS, CHANGES IN SLEEP AND APPETITE, DECLINE IN ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE POSSIBLY MORE RISK TAKING BEHAVIORS. THOSE TYPES OF THINGS. >> WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING HELP? IT CAN BE A LONG PROCESS, FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON FOR URYO CHILD, EVEN GETTING IN. WHAT QUESTIONS DO YOU THINK THAT THEY SHOULD ASK WHEN THEY’RE MAKING THAT FIRST CALL? >> I THINK THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT’S GOING TO LIKELY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THEM SO THE STYLE OR THE APPROACH OF THE THERAPIST IS GOING TO WORK FOR THEIR FAMILY. DO THEY TEND TO WORK WITH BOTH THE CHILD ANDHE T FAMILY TOGETHER SO THE FAMILY CAN SUPPORT THE CHILD. THEY’RE GOING TO WANT TO ASK QUESTIONS AROUND THAT. THEY’RE GOING TO WANT TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TYPICA LENGTH OF TREATMENT. OVERALL, DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS OR SKEEUT O HELP. EVEN IF YOU HAVE THEM SEEN FOR AN EVALUATION AND IT’S DETERMINED THEY DON’T NEED IT, THERE’S NO HARM IN THAT. JENNIFER: SOME FAMILIESRE A ADVERSE TO THE IDEA OF MEDICATION FOR THEIR CHILD IF THEY NEED IT FOR ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION. JUST BECAUSE THEY GO ON IT ONCE DOESN’T MEAN THEY’LL BE ON IT FOREVER. >> CORRECT, YES. SOMETIMES IT’SEE NDED TO GET THROUGH A MORE DIFFICULT PERIOD IN THEIR LIFE, AND THEN THEYAN C LEARN THE COPING TOOLS AND THOSE WILL BE SUFFICITEN IN HELPING THEM. JENNIFER: IF SOMEONE IS INTERESTED IN GETTING HELP, WHAT DO YOU ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO? DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE YOU ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GO TO? >> RIGHT NOW, WE’RE SENDING A LOT OF PEOPLE TO THE PEDIATRICIANS AND THEN, IN ADDITION T OATTH, CHILDMIND IS A GOOD WEBSITE, WHERE THEY CAN OFTEN FIND A GATRE DEAL OF RESOURCES AGAIN, THE SCHOOLS, NOW THEY’RE BACK IN SCHOOL, REACHING OUT TO THECH SLOO PSYCHOLOGISTS AND COUNSELORS, THEY HAVE A LIST OF VARIOUS RESOURCES. JENNIFER: THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. REALLY APPRECIATE IT. >> APPRECIATE IT. JENNIFER: YOU’RE WELCOME. IF YOU NEED HELP FOR YOUR CHILD, YOUR PEDIATRIAICN SHOULD BE ABLE TO HELP GUIDE YOU TO THE APPROPRIATE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. YOU CAN ALSO CALL 2-1-1 MARYLAND. IT’S AVAABILLE 24/7 FOR REFERRAL. DIAL 211, AND PRESS OPTION 1. WEAV HE A LIST OF MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES ON OUR WE

Pandemic has long-term mental health effects on children

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re now seeing the long-term mental health consequences on children.

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re now seeing the long-term mental health consequences on children.