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Going Back to School in a World of Uncertainty

Coping With Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD

Going back to school in a world of uncertainty can wreak havoc on kids and families. Children, adolescents, and family members may be at risk for anxiety and depression in the fluid and unstable environment of the pandemic. It is important that parents, teachers, pediatricians and nurses, and caregivers recognize the signs of depression and anxiety sooner rather than later. Doing so will allow adults to provide coping tools for children and family members, and proactive communication with schools for prevention measures.

Triggers for Anxiety and Depression:

We need to recognize the triggers for anxiety and depression to better understand why children and adults are at risk for mental health issues in today’s volatile and unpredictable climate of Covid-19. Some common triggers that have been identified include:

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In addition, two key needs for individuals who have ADHD are:

Markers for depression and anxiety to look out for:

In addition, children and adults with ADHD may show:

The above symptoms can have a significant and detrimental impact on daily functioning, motivation, engagement, participation, and performance. If you see these warning signs, it is best to reach out to your school, your counselor, and your support team for early interventions.

Early intervention is prevention. Mental health professionals have identified several tools and tips to ward off the above triggers and markers in children and adults. They include:

Collaboration with Schools and Teachers

The sooner you can alert your child’s teachers and share the struggles your child may be displaying the quicker the school can intervene and adapt to your child’s unique needs. School administrators, teachers, and support staff recognize the enormous strain children, adolescents, and families are experiencing as schools and work places offer a myriad of re-opening platforms, from on-line, hybrid, and in-person back to school/work models.

Masks, health checks, quarantines, and 6-feet apart lunches and school/work foster an alienation never experienced before. Hence, it is of no surprise that there has been a notable spike in the incidence of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide across communities. If you notice your child struggling, it is recommended that you should:

You can help teachers by providing them with fun slides and games for:

Navigating a complicated, uncertain, and anxiety provoking world of going back to school in the midst of a pandemic can be overwhelming for many. Providing hope, creativity, fun, movement, and early interventions will serve your child, you, and your family well to prevent anxiety and depression.