Adolescent Depression and Anxiety - Figuring Out the Why?
It is no secret that adolescent mental health conditions have become a major talking point since the pandemic began. Schools shutting down and moving to virtual learning, the loss of sports and extracurricular activities, and simple socialization halting one day in March of 2020, it is no wonder that some kids are struggling to get back to "normal."
However, we can't only blame COVID. Mental health conditions like anxiety and depression usually take time to develop. Little things here and there add up to what we see in our patients in the clinic - elevated PHQ-9 and GAD-7 scores, kids struggling with school, and parents not sure where to turn next.
This week I discuss the topic of adolescent depression and anxiety and determining WHY your child is struggling with this. I also approach how you can start to address it at home while waiting to get in with your primary care physician or counselor.
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