One of the doctors said that the effects of the pandemic on someone’s mental health may appear differently for everyone.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. –
May is the month of mental health awareness and during the pandemic: mental health has become one of the top priorities for many.
“We are social animals,” said Dr. Stephen Taylor of Peace Hospital. “We like being together and the isolation and social distancing we have experienced with this pandemic has been very difficult. We have seen a lot more anxiety, a lot more depression.”
Dr. Taylor says the effects of the pandemic on someone’s mental health may appear differently for everyone.
Here are some signs to look for in adults:
- Difficult concentration
- Unable to complete tasks
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feeling tired during the day
- Physical symptoms (such as body aches and upset stomach)
- And for kids, the signs are
- Irritability and agitation
- More argued
“I think children’s mental health is overlooked, “says Brooklyn Riley, a student at Notre Dame Academy.” Like people don’t‘don’t pay so much attention to it. I think it should be normal for children to talk about their mental health without feeling embarrassed or that this conversation should not be‘t welcome.
According to the Mayo Clinic here are some signs to look for in children:
- Warning signs that your child may have a mental health disorder include:
- Persistent sadness: two or more weeks
- Withdraw or avoid social interactions
- Getting hurt or talking about getting hurt
- Speaking of death or suicide
- Extreme burst or irritability
- Behavior out of control that can be harmful
- Drastic changes in mood, behavior or personality
- Changes in eating habits
- Weight loss
- Difficulty sleeping
- Frequent headaches or stomach ache
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in academic performance
- Avoid or miss school
Riley has created Think Happy and Chin Up bracelets to help the conversation of mental health and children.
“Is it like that‘it’s a really basic message, but it can come to mind that you should always think happy.
Brooklyn began making bracelets during the pandemic and caught my eye Your mother cares – an organization in New York that talks about mental health and children.
“It’s okay not to be okay and people should normalize by talking about their mental health. Because a person can be change. Even if you‘he’s just taking small steps. These small steps can make big steps. “
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