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In The Pandemic, Children Face A Mental Health Crisis13:57
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<em>Shortly after schools in the U.S. began closing due to the pandemic, Dr. Christian-Brathwaite started seeing an increase in calls for psychiatric evaluations and support.</em> (Ridvan Celik/Getty Images)
Shortly after schools in the U.S. began closing due to the pandemic, Dr. Christian-Brathwaite started seeing an increase in calls for psychiatric evaluations and support. (Ridvan Celik/Getty Images)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the proportion of emergency department visits by children in mental health crises went up significantly during the pandemic — about 30% for kids ages 12-17 and 24% for children ages 5-11 between March and October of last year, compared to 2019.

For psychiatrists like Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, this is evident in her practice and personal life. We talk to her about how this past year has taken a toll on children and their mental health, as well as her advice for helping the kids in your life cope better.

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