Covid effect on children: boom in requests for help – Chronicle

Covid effect on children: boom in requests for help – Chronicle
Covid effect on children: boom in requests for help – Chronicle

by Silvia Santini Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorders, in the last 19 months, with the pandemic, cases have increased together with anxiety disorders and the average age has dropped significantly. The psychologist and psychotherapist Alessia Tombesi, whose studio is based in Osimo, confirms the trend not only in the area south of Ancona but throughout the Doric capital. “The situation for us who are in the sector is dramatic. When there is a closure and the mind has no possibility to draw on other energy sources, the natural …

by Silvia Santini

Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorders, in the last 19 months, with the pandemic the cases have increased together with anxiety disorders and the average age has dropped a lot. The psychologist and psychotherapist Alessia Tombesi, whose studio is based in Osimo, confirms the trend not only in the area south of Ancona but throughout the Doric capital. “The situation for us who are in the sector is dramatic. When there is a closure and the mind does not have the possibility to draw on other energy sources, the natural consequence are disorders that can be food or anxiety-inducing – says the doctor -. With the gyms that have been closed and the freedom of movement that has been restricted, food has become a great comforting element.In our culture there is also a parental rear guard that incites to eat in moments of discomfort. A sort of compensation. The requests for help have increased because many have taken refuge in this, with the association of feelings of guilt and depression “. The debut in the field of eating disorders concerns adolescents attending middle school. “Which are the most affected by the post-pandemic illnesses. The closure, in a moment in which the outings are fundamental for the formation of identities, has undermined their balance, such as the lack of socialization, pushing them to close down. more in chats and all the related risks. There are many girls who cut themselves. The male tends much more to withdraw, for example, even in video game addiction. Compulsive anxieties also increase. ” The phenomenon of cuts in the arms as an act of self-harm, both at school and at home, is a serious and well-known phenomenon. As regards anxiety, the same requests for help have increased: “For those who are hypochondriacs, a situation like this causes the aggravation of the malaise both in terms of contracting Covid and the administration of the vaccine. Someone does not. he does because he thinks he is sick. Anxiety has reached exasperating levels and he always needs to let off steam, which is not always possible, with consequent increases in panic attacks, acute episodes of anxiety “. Obesity is obviously also among the eating disorders. There was an increase in average weight. Also thanks to the uncontrolled nocturnal diet, which coincides with an offset of the rhythms and the cycle, of the routine, with the dad and beyond. Without getting to the pathology, there is also an increase in these cases, eating out of boredom, out of discomfort. The doctor also encountered many difficulties in couples: “Many broke up, they threw out their difficulties. The 35 to 50-year-old range suffered greatly in everyday life”.

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