My concern: that virtual learning — not being in in-person school since March 13 — will cause my teen and pre-teen to become depressed or anxious. Still, depression in kids who have been doing virtual learning since March can be a real and looming risk. But is it a good reason to return to in-person hybrid school two days in school with the rest of the week virtually learning? I lean towards yes, as long as COVID safety protocols are followed including masks and social distancing. I asked therapist and licensed clinical social worker Madeleine Shaver at Low Country Counseling in Savannah for input on how virtual learning and pandemic-prompted social isolation is affecting depression and anxiety in kids. Shaver is seeing that increase amid teens and adults.
Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard
Cognitive Distortions: The Lies Depression Tells
Depression can be a common problem for teens and adolescents, and while many treatments exist, they don't always work for everyone. A new study found that feeling more informed about their health may help teens take better care of themselves, leading to less depressive symptoms. The researchers also found that trust played a factor in whether receiving health information improved depression. The more that adolescents trusted their parents or teacher as a credible source of health information, the more likely they were to experience less depression. Additionally, even though adolescents reported that they trusted traditional media —like TV, radio and newspapers—more than online content, only content from social media or websites resulted in actual changes in behavior. Bu Zhong, associate professor of communications at Penn State, said the findings—recently published in the journal Child: Care, Health and Development —suggest that while adolescents are probably taught to be skeptical of online content, websites and social media have the potential to powerfully affect adolescent health. But our research found that online content has a strong impact on their health behavior and depression mitigation strategies, which are not found in the traditional media content.
How to Help Your Depressed Teenager
This is a teen-written article from our friends at L. Youth , a nonprofit organization that uses media as a tool for young people to examine themselves, their communities and the world at large. It started in elementary school. To get me to school, my mom would throw me over her shoulder or take a half hour to get me dressed because I was fighting her.
Sitting at my desk as I try to start this story, I'm struggling to decide where to begin and I can feel it coming on. Shivers up my arms and into my neck, a heavy chest, now my legs start, I'm not sure if I'm hot or cold, my chest gets heavier as my body decides whether to fight or take flight. Luckily, I'm aware of what's going on; my head remains calm as I write these words. Letting myself become overcome with the anxiety that is taking hold of my body, the natural response I feel when confronted with difficult tasks or stress, is not going to happen. I'd like to show that if they're spotted early enough, mental health problems can be managed and even prevented.