HARVEST, Ala. — More teens and pre-teens are becoming depressed amidst the pandemic.
A pediatrician in Harvest says although they're seeing fewer patients right now, they are seeing more kids with anxiety and depression.
For teens who already experience some anxiety, it's gotten worse. This could be because of changes in sleeping and eating patterns.
Teens can also become overwhelmed if they are worried about the health of their loved ones, and being away from their friends on top of that can be hard.
Dr. Shraddha Shrestha, MD, FAAP said, "Most of the time when they come in and I ask them, hey, are you enjoying your time at home, and they are like, no, because they are not getting to do anything else, so they are missing their school."
Hearing about the pandemic constantly can be upsetting, so get your teens to take a break from watching and reading the news, including on social media.