PARIE (AP) – When his parents rushed him to the hospital, 11-year-old Pablo barely ate and stopped drinking altogether. Reluctant for months, his heart slowly began to creep and his kidneys trembled. The doctors injected him with liquid and fed him through a tube. Splitting the coronavirus crisis into the first steps of sewing this baby.
For doctors treating them, the effects of the epidemic on children’s mental health are becoming more and more alarming. The number of young children and adolescents seeking treatment at Pablo Pediatric Hospital in Paris has doubled since September.
Elsewhere, doctors report similar waves, with children, some as young as 8, deliberately running around, overdosing on pills, or otherwise injuring themselves. According to the Ministry of Education, child and adolescent suicides in child aponia reached a record high in 2020.
Pediatric psychiatrists say they see children suffering from coronavirus-related phobias, ticks, and eating disorders, infected, cleaning their hands cleanly, covering their bodies with a disinfectant gel, for fear of food.
Doctors say children who suffer from panic attacks, heart palpitations and other symptoms of mental illness, as well as chronic dependence on mobile devices and computer screens, which have become their seats, teachers and entertainers, locked-in, school-locked, school-locked are more common. time:
“There is no prototype of a child with a disability,” said Dr. Richard Delorm, who heads the psychiatric ward at Pablo’s Robert Debre Children’s Hospital, one of the busiest in France. “This applies to all of us.”
Pablo’s father, Jer Jerome, is still trying to figure out why his son is gradually becoming chronically ill when the epidemic broke out, slowly starving to death, while the only food he ate was a small amount of rice, tuna and cherry tomatoes.
Jer Erom suspects that disruptions in Pablo’s daily life may contribute to his illness. Because France was closed, the boy did not have school for months; he could not say goodbye to his friends and teacher at the end of the school year.
“It was very difficult,” Jer Jerome said. “This is a generation that has been beaten.”
Sometimes other factors put the burden on the 2.6 million victims of KOVID-19 who died in the worst health crisis in the world in the last century.
The “Islamic State” extremists who in the whole area of Paris in 2015 A suicide bomber killed 130 people, including in a café on his way to Pablo’s school, and left a mark on his childhood. Pablo believed that the dead customers of the cafe were buried under the sidewalk where he was trampling.
When he was hospitalized in late February, Pablo lost a third of his previous weight. His heartbeat was so slow that paramedics had difficulty finding a pulse, and one of his kidneys failed, said the father, who agreed to talk about his son’s illness on condition that he not be identified by their last name.
“Having a child who destroys himself is a real nightmare,” said the father.
Pablo Hospital psychiatrist Dr. Colin Stordor, who is in the hospital, says several other young patients with eating disorders, mostly between the ages of 8 and 12, said they were beginning to gain weight because they could not stay active. One boy made up for it by running around his parents’ basement every day, losing so much weight that he had to be hospitalized.
Others told him that they were gradually restricting their diet. “No more sugar, no more fat, after all, nothing,” he said.
Some children try to keep their mental suffering to themselves, not wanting to burden the adults in their lives who may be mourning the loss of a loved one or a coronavirus. “They’re trying to be forgotten children who do not add to their parents’ problems,” Stordor said.
Children may also lack the vocabulary of mental illness to voice their need for help, to link their difficulties to an epidemic.
“They do not say, ‘Yes, I came here because of the coronavirus,'” Delorm said. “But what they’re telling you is a chaotic world: ‘Yes, I’m no longer doing my job,’ ‘I’m no longer doing my music,’ ‘It’ s hard to go to school in the morning. ‘ I find it difficult to wake up. “The mask is full.”
Dr David Greenhorn said the emergency department at Bradford Royal Hospital, where he works in the north of England, treated one or two children a week for mental health emergencies, including suicide attempts. The average is now close to one or two a day, sometimes involving 8-year-olds.
“This is an international epidemic, we do not recognize it,” Greenhorn said in a telephone interview. “A year is really, really long in the life of an 8-year-old child. They are full. They can’t see the end of it. ”
In Robert Debray, the psychiatric ward typically saw about 20 suicide attempts a month involving children over the age of 15. Delorm says that not only has the number doubled in the months since September, but some children also seem more determined.
“We are very surprised by the intensity of the desire to die among children who may be 12 or 13 years old,” he said. “Sometimes we have 9-year-olds who already want to die. And it is not just a provocation or blackmail through suicide. It is a real desire to end their lives. ”
“The level of stress among children is really high,” he said. “The price affects us all, from 2 to 99 years old.”
AP writer Marie Yamaguchi invested in Tokyo.
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