At first, when they were ordered to stay at home, it seemed like they were on an early vacation. What kid doesn’t love weekends and time away from a classroom? But when they learned they would be attending school virtually, many were not sure. I, myself, am an online student for my graduate degree, but I am also an adult and chose this program for myself. Our children didn’t have a choice in how they had to learn. They had to adapt to fast changes, imperfect standards, and technology that they may not have encountered before. Talking with friends on X-box while playing Among Us or Minecraft is very different to answering math problems or trying to get the teacher’s help when needed through a screen.
Currently, we are unsure of how this will affect children down the road. Having to wear masks, not being able to play normal recess games or even on playgrounds without extensive cleaning, having to “stay away” from others and give space may be bringing up more issues with anxiety, grieving over the loss of being around playmates, or even trauma. If you think your child is experiencing any negative effects from the pandemic it may be helpful for them to talk to someone. Call or Email Wisconsin Anxiety and Depression Clinic today for that chance to talk.
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Andrew Bailey has been practicing psychotherapy for over a decade. He has worked with patients of all ages, and at all levels of care. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders, but treat co-occurring disorders as well.
Holly Numan has years of work experience at different levels of care with different populations. She offers unique insights into working with anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and addictions.