So many factors are impacting the mental health of children, adolescents and adults alike right now. There are seemingly endless stressors all around us. From the pandemic to the contentious political environment. As America faces the legacy of racial injustice our children are introduced problems that challenge adults. resilient adults. On top of all that, there was an abrupt and enduring change in their social lives right now throwing off their balance.
As your child's pediatrician, we are committed to helping our families recognize mental health struggles and find resources to help your family through these challenges that can often seem overwhelming. All of our providers have experience with managing anxiety, depression, and a number of other mental health challenges.
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A very tender role of the pediatrician is promoting good mental health and checking in on the emotional wellness of your child. Please do not wait until your annual visit to bring up these concerns. A separate visit is very important and appropriate.
Some signs of compromise might be isolation, irritability, withdrawal, sadness, tearfulness, poor sleep, self-deprecating thoughts, poor eating, or cutting. Parents, go with your gut. If you have a concern or see signs of mental health compromise please call our office to discuss and obtain resources. We will work to identify, refer, and possibly initiate treatment for some mental health disorders.
A free e-book from Bonnie Zucker, a local psychologist:Unstuck