Is Remote Learning Causing A Mental Health Crisis Among Teens And Children !?

During the pandemic, Paige’s experience was more common among teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of mental health-related doctor visits for children aged 12-17 years increased by 31% in 2019 compared to 2019. The CDC also reported an increase in the number of children who visit the emergency room for mental health emergencies.
Worrisome trends in pediatrician’s offices

Children are also experiencing troubling signs in their pediatricians’ offices.

Dr. Valerie Kimball from north suburban Evanston, said that “we probably see more mental healthcare visits than we see sick visits.”

It’s not only mental health. She’s seen younger children lose their toilet training skills since the pandemic. Patients are losing significant weight across all age groups.

Kimball stated that continuous remote learning is the common thread. Kimball said that while children are resilient, they are pushing the limits.

Kimball stated, “It’s a matter of if they have to wait for it, they’re just going have to wait, they’re still going to need to be resilient, and they’re going have to be patient. Their brains aren’t equipped for these kinds of tasks, and we’re now at the point where it’s becoming unhealthy.”

Kimball believes that the risks of being away from school outweigh the benefits. Kimball is part of a group that includes medical professionals and parents who are calling for Evanston Township High School’s opening for at least some in-person learning.

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