Depression and anxiety doubled in children worldwide during the pandemic 3 months ago

Depression and anxiety doubled in children worldwide during the pandemic

The impact the pandemic has had on our mental health is hard to comprehend.

The isolation, constant worrying, and never-ending bad news have damaged the mental health of millions of people, including children.

Researchers have recently discovered that twice as many children are now suffering from mental health disorders, including anxiety. This news is unsurprising when you consider all we've experienced since March 2020.

A study found that 1 in 4 young people are now suffering from bouts of depression and 1 in 5 have increased signs of anxiety.

The harrowing news means there are currently twice as many children suffering from mental health issues across the globe.

It is believed girls and children in their teenage years have suffered the most.

The emotional trauma everyone went through, including children, has undoubtedly harmed them mentally, but it is important to remember that there is help out there and they can get better.

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Sheri Madigan, study author, and clinical psychologist told HuffPost: “When COVID-19 started, most people thought it would be difficult at the outset but that kids would be better over time, as they adjusted and got back to school, but when the pandemic persisted, youth missed a lot of milestones in their lives. It went on for well over a year, and for young people, that’s a really substantial period of their lives.”

Experts believe these issues will dissolve when the pandemic eventually ends, but there is no harm in seeking medical help either. Speaking to your child's doctor about how to manage their mental health problems is a great step to make.

Improving their lifestyle is something else that will help them feel better. Going for a walk won't magically cure anyone with mental issues of their problems, but it can help ease some of the symptoms. Sometimes simply leaving the house can have an incredible impact on their mood.

It's important to remember that every child is different and what works for one may not work for another so keeping an open mind is key here.

You can view the HSE's mental health services here or contact your GP.