Well, this is the new normal, for our foreseeable future. As Americans, we do a GREAT job of adapting to stressful circumstances. That being said, this is a life stressor for ALL of us around the country. Especially our youth. Pediatric and adolescent patients NEED structure. They need a regimented schedule to get them up in the morning, to get them to a learning environment, and to get them in bed at night. That has ALL been disrupted. Sudden changes in daily routines as well as limited connection with peers can certainly have many ramifications and consequences.
One major factor we must remain vigilant in monitoring is our adolescent populations’ mood disruption. Caregivers for an adolescent most certainly have experienced and seen their child display a range of moods in the midst of COVID-19. Remember, during this age range (12-18yo), there are LOTS of physical, emotional and hormonal changes, which make life a challenge at baseline, let alone during a pandemic. During this timeframe, our adolescents may feel extremely worried, sad, anxious, disappointed and depressed, especially if there is a history of major depressive disorder.
Here are 5 tips that may help with mood disorders, as described by Dr. Danielle R Busby, PhD from Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine:
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Please remember, if your teenager/adolescent is having a difficult time coping with mood disorders, major depressive disorder or chronic refractory pain, the physicians at StrIVeMD Wellness and Ketamine are here to help. Call us and ask about IV Ketamine, IV Vitamin therapy, functional medicine, and overall wellness initiatives.
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Take care and stay safe.