The coronavirus has changed daily life dramatically for millions of children across the United States. Even if you live in a part of the country that hasn’t seen a lot of cases of COVID-19 — and even if you work hard to filter the news your kid sees or hears about the virus — life is different now. It’s heavy and stressful in so many ways, and more than one-third of American adults say the pandemic has had a serious impact on their mental health. Even young kids pick up on that.
“This is a very stressful time,” Rachel Busman, senior director of the Child Mind Institute’s Anxiety Disorders Center, told HuffPost. “And it’s unlike anything we have ever experienced.”
But children don’t always express their emotional challenges in the ways adults expect. Here are five potential signs of distress that mental health experts say parents should be on the