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Depression and other Mood Disorders
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Parents and their children continue to adapt to the fluidity of the COVID-19 environment—work schedules, cancelled summer camps, delayed sports seasons, and now the looming of a different kind of school year. Many families are finding themselves grappling with how to support not only their children’s mental health but their own.
“Children are watching their parents to see how they should react, both verbally and non-verbally, especially during stressful situations like COVID-19,” explains Dr. Peggy Scallon, MD, medical director of Focus Depression Recovery adolescent residential care. “That’s why it’s critical parents try to manage their negative feelings and find ways to support their own mental health so they can continue to provide the support their children so desperately need.”
When parents start to feel overwhelmed, it’s important to acknowledge those feelings, but also to find healthy ways of alleviating the weight of them, including staying active, practicing mindfulness, trying to prioritize a good night’s sleep, and maintaining adequate nutrition and hydration.
“I encourage parents to be positive and flexible with their children during all of the unknowns, and to offer support whenever possible, especially as the new school year begins,” says Dr. Scallon.
Dr. Scallon points out a few supportive strategies parents can try with their children.
If you or your child are ruminating excessively and the anxiety is getting in the way of daily functioning, you can consider seeking professional help, especially if you or your child start describing suicidal thoughts. If you or your child are in crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or if you’re in an emergency situation call 911.
Rogers offers multiple levels of care in locations across the country for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from OCD, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Call 800-767-4411 or request a free screening online.
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