By Jacolbi Rivers
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – The #pandemic brought a year of intense #isolation and a huge strain on some people’s #mentalhealth and according to a #CDC report released last month, we are now seeing the full effect it had on one group.
The #CDC said emergency rooms reported an increase in #suicideattempts by #adolescent #children. But in that same report, the emergency rooms reported a 50 percent increase in #suicidalattempts by #adolescent #girls.
“What we are seeing now is the families that do come in for help or identify for help are in later or more severe stages of #depression, #anxiety recurrence #suicidalideation,” said Dr. Dell.
Mary Lynn Dell is the Medical Director of Psychiatry and #BehavioralHealth at Children’s Hospital and said #suicideattempts for #adolescent #girls have changed over the past 10 years.
“We have been aware #females who may be more reclusive are increasingly using more violent methods for self-harm and #suicide,” said Dr. Dell.
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Dr. Dell said the initial shutdowns added more stress to those who already were suffering from #mentalhealth problems before the #pandemic and fueled it more when regular checkups were canceled, and many hospitals were filled with #COVID #patients.
“Those who were in regular care had to change and shift in terms of how it was provided,” said Dr. Dell.
Another major factor for the spike in #suicide among #adolescent #girls was the closure of #schools, extracurricular activities like recess, separation from their friends and #teachers- their everyday routine.
“With the #pandemic many opportunities that we use as #adults to identify #children and #adolescents who maybe aren’t dealing as well. Many of those opportunities were lost,” said Dr. Dell.
Dr. Dell said dealing with drastic change can leave major scars on some #adolescents’ #mentalhealth. She said it’s important to be on the lookout for a change in #behavior and to listen to them.
“Make time to check in periodically with them, take everything seriously, nothing too small to check out,” said Dr. Dell.
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