2 Your health: how the pandemic affected teenagers’ mental health

2 Your health: how the pandemic affected teenagers’ mental health

Dr. Jensen said there are ways to help them cope. For example, if they miss playing sports, you can watch videos from their old games. Eating and sleeping habits might change too. They may also get headaches and make vague complaints about not feeling well. You could also encourage them to do a good deed for someone they know.

She said the change in lifestyle has left some teens feeling anxious and depressed. So how can parents tell if their child is struggling right now? They’re not used to things waiting, except for things like proms and graduation, and even those still seem somewhat uncertain,” said Vanessa Jensen, PsyD, Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

She said there are a couple of red flags to watch out for, like a big drop in grades or isolating themselves and not talking with friends. “Kids are flexible in general, but this has gone on for so long and it’s getting very tiring. And you know, teens are very much in the moment.

If you’re feeling completely overwhelmed, you can always reach out to a medical professional for advice. Source Many people are having a hard time right now, and it’s okay to let your kids know that.

As for parents, she said try not to be too hard on yourselves. “If your teen is willing, say ‘Hey why don’t you give Mrs. so-and-so a call or let’s bake some brownies for Mr. so-and-so down the street and leave them on the doorstep.’ Just the sense of doing something for somebody else can help get our brains off of how we feel and give us a sense of doing something purposeful,” said Dr. Jensen.

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