Mental illness among children intensified during pandemic

Mental IllnessSome eye-opening numbers when it comes to children and anxiety.

The burden of mental illness among children has intensified during the pandemic.

So what does that mean for the little one at home?

Before COVID-19, the most recent national survey conducted by National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), found that 8-percent of children had some kind of anxiety disorder, but the newest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found 37% of young people have experienced mental health problems, since March of 2020.

Western New York mental health counselor, Lynne Rifkin Shine, explained that kids should be screened at the age of eight. Shine said counselors see anxiety in pre-schoolers, but in terms of screening, she said at eight years old because there are a lot of negative ramifications in teens 15 to 19, like suicide and alcohol or drug abuse.

The counselor, who has 30 years under her belt, answered a few questions to help parents help their children cope with, and eventually overcome anxiety.

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