• By Deb Balzer

May 18 (media-only news briefing) — “Anxiety and adolescents: Tracking today’s teens and their mental health”

May 18, 2022
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In the wake of the pandemic, anxiety and depression rates reported among adolescents are worsening. Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended kids ages eight to 18 should be routinely screened for anxiety. May is Mental Health Awareness month, so what can parents do to help prevent a mental health crisis from occurring? Marcie Billings, M.D., a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic, will discuss the trends in children and in teenagers and how to recognize if your child is struggling and needs help.

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Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date