Mental health considerations for children & adolescents in COVID-19 Pandemic

Mental health considerations for children in COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Nazish Imran KEMU
  • Muhammad Zeshan Assistant Professor, Psychiatry Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Newark, NJ.
  • Zainab Pervaiz Academic Department of Psychiatry &Behavioural Sciences King Edward Medical University
Keywords: Adolescents, Children, Corona virus, COVID-19, Mental health, Pandemic

Abstract

Children are not indifferent to the significant psychological impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. They experience fears, uncertainties, substantial changes to their routines, physical and social isolation alongside high level of parental stress. Understanding their emotions and responses is essential to properly address their needs during this pandemic. In this article, we highlight children’s vulnerability, provide an overview of common symptoms of distress in different age groups, and summarize the interventions and resources available to promote child mental health and wellbeing during these challenging times. We advocate that prioritizing mental health including child & adolescent mental health is an essential component of any universal, community led response to COVID-19 Pandemic.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2759

How to cite this:
Imran N, Zeshan M, Pervaiz Z. Mental health considerations for children & adolescents in COVID-19 Pandemic. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(COVID19-S4):COVID19-S67-S72. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2759

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Published
2020-05-19
How to Cite
Imran, N., Zeshan, M., & Pervaiz, Z. (2020). Mental health considerations for children & adolescents in COVID-19 Pandemic. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 36(COVID19-S4). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2759