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While it is too early to determine the full impact of current events on kids around the globe, I would like to highlight concerns about a population we know is already vulnerable to depression: adolescent girls. According to the most recent national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 20% of all teen girls experienced an episode of Major Depressive Disorder, and 22% said they had seriously considered attempting suicide (compared to only 11% for boys). Girls’ tendency to become depressed in response to all of the changes of adolescence is already high, and we should be concerned about how the pandemic will likely exacerbate these risks. What are some risks parents should look for?
If you and your partner have decided on a trial separation to fix your relationship issues, you need to get one thing straight: Unless you work together on those issues, don’t expect change.
Nothing will be different when you reunite, unless you've made changes in your relationship. Once your relational space has become polluted, it's not immediately cleansed by a separation.
Nan and Serena feel they have the same argument over and over. For them, it’s about money, but for other couples, it could be about the kids, sex, or household chores. Why? We can think about it on two levels:
Even before the pressures of the coronavirus put relationships to the test, many couples found achieving intimacy a continuous, evolving challenge. The barriers to true intimacy are everywhere: couples are pulled apart by the demands of work, answering the call of parenthood, and dealing with any number of personal, financial, and health-related stresses.
Sarah Schewitz, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Couples Learn, an online couples therapy and marriage counseling service, explained how by focusing on the positive parts of their partner, couples become stronger and more in tune with each other.
Here's a simple truth: All healthy relationships have healthy boundaries.
You see, boundaries aren't restricting or limiting. They provide the freedom to express your needs and values while also honoring the needs and values of your partner. Setting boundaries is:
Seasonal affective disorder* is a form of depression also known as SAD, seasonal depression or winter depression. In the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), this disorder is identified as a type of depression – Major Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern.
Before you think Im really stretching for something to write about, please consider the special risk factors that affect people with bipolar disorder during the coronavirus pandemic.
The one that affects everyone is the loss of routine and the increase in stress that results from the shutdown and the insecure reopening. Social isolation, new work requirements and decreased in-person contact with family and friends greatly impact mood and can lead to disruptions in sleep and increased episodes of depression and/or mania.