The crown and the decline in children’s mental health
Because of isolation and deprivation in an atmosphere of closure and social distancing
Friday – 12. Rabi Al Thani 1442 AH – November 27, 2020. Issue no. [
Cairo: Dr. Hani Ramzi Avad
Despite the efforts of health care providers in most countries to preserve the mental health of citizens due to the Covid 19 epidemic and its consequences, statistics show an increase in the number of children suffering from violent psychological problems to the extent that parents are forced to take them to the emergency room in hospitals, and that. In the age group of school students under 18 years of age.
These results were published in a report recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, which included 47 states; That is equivalent to three-quarters of the emergency services in the United States as a whole, and it dealt with the period from the beginning of January to the middle of October, which is the period of the spread of the epidemic in America.
The researchers noted that the results were expected, of course, but the incidence rate of the cases exceeded expectations. Despite the constant presence of psychological support through experts on the Internet, the atmosphere of closure, precautions and social distance abruptly affected the psyche of children. In the absence of the proper presence of a doctor or psychotherapist, it only got worse.
Researchers believe that it is harder for children to have an imbalance on a normal day, which used to start school, meet friends, go to a club, exercise, compete with peers and miss visits to relatives. Despite the existence of online studies, as well as programs that enable live meetings, they were not enough to avoid the depression and anxiety that result from the increase in the number of patients and injuries to relatives.
The researchers explained that the deterioration of the psychological state of children in developed societies was greater than in third world countries, and the reason may be a strict change in lifestyles in those societies, as well as the nature of differences in social life of these countries compared to other societies. that schools and clubs were the outlet. The only ones for children to meet friends and play games, unlike the third world where it is possible to play with peers nearby on the street, near the distance between people from the same neighborhood, and constantly visit family members without previous dates, especially which complete closure has not occurred in most of these countries. The researchers tracked psychological illnesses that are expected to increase during periods of crisis, such as anxiety, tension, “post-traumatic stress” and various fears.
Researchers, some of whom worked on a program dedicated to psychological support against coronary heart disease, said that in the period from March to October last year, the percentage of visits to hospital emergency services increased by 24 percent due to psychological cases in the age group 5 to 11. Years old. This percentage rose to 31 percent in the age group of 12 to 17 compared to last year.
Significantly, these visits declined with the onset of closure in the United States and home-based studies from mid-March to mid-April last year, but have increased significantly since then. Experts believe that the actual number of children suffering from worsening mental condition is higher than the number of children in the emergency room, because many critical cases are treated outside hospitals. It is noticeable that in the same period of the study, the number of cases of ambulance visits decreased for organic reasons, in addition to psychological ones. Perhaps the reason is that most citizens avoid going to hospitals, except in cases of extreme necessity.
Isolation and deprivation
These results clearly indicate the importance of continuous monitoring, assessment and monitoring of children’s mental health during major crises. Where they may suffer a sudden drop as a result of pressures resulting from a change in daily lifestyle to a very serious one (root eradication), so that it leaves the same effect on civil wars or natural disasters, such as earthquakes and volcanoes, which necessarily leads to loss of security and intense fear. from illness or death. ; Whether it is a child or the death of a parent or a close family member. These feelings are especially heightened by isolation and denial of the game. As playing is not just fun, but a means of communication with others, enabling them to understand themselves, and their lack makes them helpless in expression, which leads to their anxiety.
Experts emphasized that personal differences among children play a role in the frequency of psychological crises. While there are children who can adapt to the realities of the disease pandemic and take advantage of the great time available at home to study online, others suffer from anxiety and mental distress, and of course things are primarily exacerbated by children with mental illness. Mostly; Most ambulance visitors were in this category.
The study advised parents that they should know that the impact of objects on children differs from adults, and therefore must provide psychological support for these children even if they feel anxious, and must also be aware of signs indicating risk factors requiring transporting a child to hospitals, such as attempts to harm themselves. Similarly, children with mental illness should continue treatment whenever possible via the Internet, especially with an increased likelihood of comprehensive closure with the emergence of a new wave of epidemics.
– Pediatrician consultant
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