The kids may not be all right. Here’s how to check in on their mental health.
Changes in behavior may also be signs of depression or anxiety, says Kathryn Lige, a social worker in the Student Success Program at the Child Mind Institute. Younger kids might throw tantrums, become easily tearful, clingy, or ask frantic questions. Older children and adolescents may show changes in sleep, appetite, physical and social activity, irritability, low motivation, and lack of energy.