Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-05-03 22:45:19 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) – May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This is very common, especially during a pandemic, and can be treated. Psychosis does not discriminate. It can affect anyone at any time.
However, if ignored, it can cause emotional symptoms and physical problems, all of which can drip into loved ones.
But don’t forget that there is help, treatment, and medication. One in five, or 20% of Americans, suffer from a mental illness, which can slowly affect your work and relationships.
Adults not only suffer from mental illness, but teens and children as well.
Lisa Durett, program director of the UNLV School of Medicine’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, says the pandemic played a major role in children’s mental health, including being absent from school and being away from friends and activities. According to Durette, there are some signs that parents should look for.
“If you notice a decline in children’s performance, like the performance of an adult’s work, small children will hear headaches, tummy pain, tempered tantrums, or sounds threatening to hurt themselves.” Said Durette.
They say acting can be a form of sexual behavior and drug or alcohol use in teenagers. A sign that hurt yourself is a shout for help to deal with.
There are many free resources available for kids and teens, such as www.nocrisis.com. Another great resource, according to Dr. Durette, is open conversations with doctors. This can be done via teleservice, which is now a popular tool for pandemics.