COVID taking its toll on childrens' mental health

Coronavirus affecting mental health of children, young adults
Posted at 7:02 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 20:03:17-04

The coronavirus is also taking a toll on the well-being of children and young adults.

While studies suggest they're less likely to get infected than adults, they're experiencing major life changes and stressors that are impacting their mental health.

Disrupted routines, separation from friends and for many no in-person school come fall. The pandemic is wearing on the mental health of children and teens.

"About one in six children in America have a mental disorder and in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, we expect this to increase,” said Dr. Emily Mudd, a pediatric psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic Children's.

Watch for changes to appetite and sleeping habits as well as personality.

Big shifts are signs it's time to connect with a mental health expert.