In lockdown, young patients who had not previously had depressive tendencies told psychiatrist Magorzata Wirzypska-Rosbara of the Zdroj Hospital in Szczecin. She noted that it is not known how long symptoms of depression associated with the epidemic may last.
When the first shutdown began last March, there were very few reports in the ward. Everyone was afraid, and there was a lot of uncertainty. The kids even enjoyed learning online; For the first few days it wasn’t terrible. We had 15 patients in 36 beds at the time, and usually much more during this time هذه – said in an interview with psychiatrist Magorzata Wiryspska Rosbara, Head of the Department of Child and Youth Psychiatry at the Zdroj Hospital in Szczecin.
She added that the situation changed during the second lockdown, when schools closed again – this time for longer, and students again stayed at home and studied remotely.
At the moment, a lot of patients are reporting, we have major excesses. Children are very confused – as everyone knows, this is not a great find The psychiatrist indicated.
She noted that, according to her observations, remote lessons by some young people, who were previously prone to anxiety, received better lessons than their peers.
They are young people who are afraid to face their teachers, peers and different situations at school. They couldn’t leave the lesson – they now had the opportunity to turn off the webcam on the computer and just listen The doctor indicated. However, she emphasized that these people were too afraid to go back to the normal school situation.
One reason for the reluctance to return to full-time school offices may be the fact that they, for example, have gained weight, which has been reinforced by the lockdown with less regular physical activity and the temporary ban on children and teens leaving the home unaccompanied.
We have a lot of girls with eating disorders right now, That started to lose weight dramatically. We haven’t had such a situation in the ward for a long time. Although I can’t say for sure whether this should be directly linked to the epidemic – Wyrebska-Rozpara reserved.
She pointed out that in October and November, when the number of patients usually increases, in October and November, children who did not have depressive tendencies before also appeared last year.
on time, When they were locked up in the house, they stopped acclimatizing. There are many complaints about the lack of motivation to learn. Children cannot move themselves to turn on the computer and sit with it for six hours – The psychiatrist indicated.
She mentioned one of her patients who linked his struggles to distance learning. He dropped out of school, went from being a good student to average, and didn’t leave because he thought he was meaningless. He was in his first year of high school, so he didn’t even recognize the new class. Substance abuse treatment and meetings with a psychiatrist slightly improved his quality of life – She described Wyrebska-Rozpara.
She noted that during a recent visit, the boy admitted that he was happy but also afraid to go back to school. She hopes to start living again when she goes to school, and has great hope for that. I think if it wasn’t for lockdown and distance learning, this boy wouldn’t have had such problems The psychiatrist said.
The doctor also noted that young people who had been confined to their homes for months, were more addicted to computers; I was influenced by the transfer of communications with peers to social media.
Many parents reported this problem – children sit with their noses on the phone, and taking them from him is associated with rows on such a scale that sometimes an ambulance is called, even household appliances are demolished The doctor said.
She noted that the psyche of children is also affected by the fears of their parents, the previously rare situation of the whole family staying at home for a long time, which leads to the severing of family ties with distant relatives, but also the fear for their health and the health of loved ones. .
I recently had a patient who contracted Covid-19 and had great regret that she had infected my father, who ended up in the hospital and made a hard recovery. I felt guilty – said Wiripska Rosbara.
As she points out, additional problems have also emerged in the epidemic in children who have been exposed to domestic violence – their condition could have been noticed earlier in school.
There were also patients who were ashamed to turn on the computer and attend the lesson; It happened that the teacher and the class saw their father breaking into the room screaming – because the child did not wash the dishes The doctor said.
She pointed out that it is not yet known how long the symptoms of depression associated with the closure and the epidemic may last, especially since the situation is still uncertain and it is not known whether teaching will return to normal in September.
When asked how to help young people who feel this kind of shutdown at home, she emphasized that parents should support their children and try not to cast their fears on them.
We adults also have the right to be afraid of something, to be insecure, to have our own fears, but they should not be passed on to children. The goal is not to hide your feelings from children, but to explain them and talk to them. Of course, especially teenagers, they often do not want to talk to their parents. But you have to try – The psychiatrist indicated.
stressed it Parents often downplay their children’s problems by saying “don’t overdo it” or “think positive.” It doesn’t work for a child who has trouble doing things – She indicated.
Above all else, we need to listen to these children of ours. Because they can tell, only adults don’t always want to listen to them The doctor concluded.
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