Experts@Elmwood: Dr. Mario Cappelli, C. Psych and Stacey Segal, MSW, RSW
The spread of COVID 19 has brought increased stress and anxiety to children, youth, and families. Parents are expected to balance work, caregiving, manage household routines, monitor the safety and well-being of their families while still having to care for themselves. The level of stress reported by youth during this period has also been unprecedented and has led to increased mental health problems including anxiety, disorder eating, anger, and conflict. Conventional strategies used to manage many of these challenges may not be sufficient. Attachment-based strategies may be particularly powerful during these challenging times. Parents can use these techniques to help their children cope with their distress, reduce conflict, and strengthen their relationship overtime beyond the pandemic.