‘Your child’s feelings matter’: New resource aims to help Texas parents identify anxiety, depression in children

‘Your child’s feelings matter’: New resource aims to help Texas parents identify anxiety, depression in children

CHILDS FEELINGS

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) — Many can see the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. But after more than a year of drastic lifestyle changes, many children are still struggling emotionally.

A new resource from the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Texas Pediatric Society aims to help. The ‘Your Child’s Feelings Matter’ flier offers parents tips to help them recognize signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in children. The resource offers suggestions on activities families can do at home to mitigate these feelings, as well as information about how families can seek professional help.

“We had a period of time where they weren’t in school,” said Dr. Valerie Smith, Chair of the TMA’s School Reopening Workgroup. “Then we had a period of time where school maybe looked different or is virtual or hybrid. Many of my patients and children across the state of Texas have lost family members. We’ve had periods of time where we’ve had to isolate and quarantine and all those sorts of things and so their routines have really been disrupted.”

You can access the resource here.

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