The mental health crisis of American children has worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to two new studies published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The two studies, released on Friday, looked at pediatric emergency room (ED) visit data from 2019 to January 2022, Xinhua News Agency reported.
A study has shown that Covid-19-related ER visits have increased across all pandemic years and among pediatric age groups.
There have also been increases in the number and proportion of weekly emergency room visits for certain types of injuries, certain chronic conditions and visits related to behavioral health problems, particularly among children aged 5 to 17 years.
The other study showed that adolescent girls may have experienced the greatest overall increase in distress. During the pandemic, the proportion of emergency room visits for eating disorders doubled and tics more than tripled in this group.
Teenage girls also visited the emergency room more often, for a growing variety of mental health issues. Such conditions can be triggered by pandemic-related risk factors and compounded by reduced access to pandemic-related mental health care, according to the CDC.
The CDC recommends increased awareness of health issues in children and adolescents that may arise due to delayed medical care and increased emotional distress.
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