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By Gemma Alexander

Originally published on ParentMap.com

The past pandemic year has been difficult, especially for teens. Peers are more important now than at any other time of a teen’s life, and establishing independence is the primary developmental task. Yet for the past 13 months, they’ve been at home, missing in-person school and activities, and navigating their social lives by video chat. It’s no wonder that as many as 40 percent of Washington’s teens are experiencing levels of anxiety and depression significant enough to interfere in their daily lives. But parents can help their kids develop protective... read more

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a big impact on our mental health and teens are especially vulnerable. Because their brains are still developing, and they haven’t had many life experiences yet, all the emotions they are feeling—sadness, anger, stress, and isolation—are more intense. And research shows that during the COVID-19 pandemic, teens are the most likely to show moderate to severe symptoms of depression or anxiety (Mental Health America). Over half of teens reported thoughts of suicide or self-harm in September 2020 (... read more

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Parents are dealing with a lot right now. Many families are experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety due to health and safety concerns and/or financial issues. In difficult times, it is especially important for parents to bond with their children, model healthy ways to deal with stress, talk with them about how they feel... read more