Worries about daily life disruptions during the epidemic, contracting Kovid-19, and social isolation are all taking a toll on children’s mental health, a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the CDC report, from March to mid-October, the proportion of children’s mental health-related emergency room visits increased dramatically for school-aged children and adolescents compared to the previous year.
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“The findings provide preliminary information into children’s mental health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and highlight the importance of continuous monitoring of children’s mental health during the pandemic, ensure care during public health crises, and healthy coping Strategies and improve resilience. Between children and families, “the researchers wrote.
CDC investigators studied data from a national emergency room surveillance database from early January to October 17, and then compared that information to data collected during the same period in 2019.
From March to October, the proportion of mental health-related emergency department visits increased by 24 percent for children ages 5–11 and 31 percent among adolescents aged 12–17 compared to the same period in the previous year. Gone.
Adolescents aged 12–17 made the highest proportion of emergency department visits related to mental health of children in 2019 and 2020.
Investigators noted that their definition of mental health focuses on symptoms and conditions – stress, anxiety – that may swell after a disaster in the US, and that it does not cover all mental health-related emergency department visits Can do.
The report states, “Nevertheless, the actual number of mental health-related health care can be estimated from these figures because many mental health seizures occur outside the ED,” or emergency departments said.
“Children’s mental health during public health emergencies can have both short and long-term consequences for their overall health and well-being,” the report states.
The report noted that the increased proportion of emergency department visits related to children’s mental health from March to October could be “inflated” as overall emergency department visits decreased significantly during the same period, as well as emergency departments. Variation in the number of data for national surveillance databases.
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