The post-covid world and today’s youthMany young people have lost members of their family or social circle due to the pandemic. Loss can hit us differently, but it can be incredibly traumatic for a child or teen. As if the loss was not enough of a source of trauma for teens, the post-covid era also brought a few remarkable changes that teens are not always prepared to cope with.
- School closures led to academic challenges and changes that may have seen your teel falling behind. A teen thriving in school with a bright academic future may now be faced with a range of struggles trying to get himself back on track. Even returning to school and a sense of normalcy could present many problems for teens who have struggled to learn at home.
- Canceled events, such as spring formals and prom, can make teens feel like they missed out on some of the most significant milestones of their high school years. Your teen may have missed out on playing football or appearing in the school play. The loss of these events can take a toll on a teen who finds enjoyment and even passion in these types of events.
- Separation from friends could lead to struggles within friendships, resulting in teens feeling even more isolated once they return to school. Their friends may have moved away or may be homeschooled now, even in the wake of lockdown. For teens, their friendships play a crucial role in their development and overall outlook on life.
Common concerns seen in today’s teensYou may recognize some changes in your teens, but you may just be surprised at how much if a toll the pandemic took on your teen. Some of the issues seen in today’s teens could include the following.
- The introduction of anxiety or an increase seen in existing anxiety.
- An acceleration of depression or new signs of depression.
- Feelings of hopelessness.
- Preferring to continue isolating from family and friends.
- Struggling with academics.
- Giving in to peer pressure, whether drugs, alcohol or sexual activity.