The pandemic is not only affecting children mentally, but also bringing about behavioural changes in the process. Unlike adults, the manifestation of psychological problems (mental issues) in children is different and hence it is important for people to be aware of it for early detection.
Some of the symptoms of psychological problems (Mental Issues In Children) in children are losing a lot of weight, gaining weight, indulging in self-harm and withdrawing from a lot of activities.
Anxiety, depression and other psychological problems are represented differently in adults and children. Children in depression can have temper tantrums, bed- wetting, regressive behaviour, withdrawal symptoms and over-sensitiveness. They can also have difficulty walking, while it might just be a psychological problem.
Compared to the first wave, the second one has caused more psychological problems (Mental Issues) In Children among children. May be because of the uncertainty. This situation is just not normalising. Children can’t be kept home for so long. It is a lot of mental stress for them. Being home for this long is something abnormal.
Interaction is important’
Parents needed to engage with the child more fruitfully for better mental health amidst the pandemic. Spend time interacting with the child. Listen patiently and avoid offering instant solutions. Display affection readily.
Involve the child in your daily chores and appreciate their work. Connect them with family members and friends. Do not focus on academics.
(Dr Naresh Purohit is Executive Member, Federation of Hospital Administrator. He is also advisor to the National Communicable Disease Control Programme. Dr. Purohit is also Advisor to six other National Health Programmes. He is visiting Professor in five Medical Universities of Southern India including Thrissur based Kerala University of Health Sciences. (The views and opinion expressed in this article are those of the author)