Lots of kids struggle with anxiety or mood problems, even from very young ages. We are not yet sure if the COVID pandemic will intensify these problems, but want to be on the look-out for this possibility.
Does your child have any fears, worries, moods or behaviors that seem to get in the way of doing things that they need (e.g., school, eating, sleeping) or want (getting along with family, friendships, having fun or playing, learning new things) to do? If yes, do you think these struggles first started or changed during the pandemic?
Have you noticed any of the following changes in your child:
- Change in sleep patterns (e.g. difficulty falling or staying asleep, increased nightmares, sleeping more than usual, bedwetting)
- Change in eating patterns (e.g. increase or decrease in appetite or types of foods)
- Increase in aches and pains
- Increase focus on the body
- Changes in mood or behavior (e.g. difficulty getting along with family or friends, less interest in having fun, playing, learning)
- Increased clinginess or difficulty with separation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased worry or difficulty focusing
- Inability or lack of willingness to do things they used to be able to do independently (i.e. regression in skills)