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"''Older children and teens are really missing their friends and their independence," Roseann Capanna-Hodge, a psychologist who practices in Connecticut, told Insider. "Teens are struggling with the lack of social connection more than any other group.'"

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"'With so much going on in the world, we are being bombarded with a lot of stressors right now and as we try to wade through without taking time to calm our minds and bodies, that stress may cause one to be emotionally reactive to more benign things in our environment," Dr. Roseann says."

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Since this is a problem all too many of us (myself included) are dealing with, I tapped psychologist and integrative mental health expert, Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge to get advice on how to manage this stressful dynamic. Keep reading for Dr. Capanna-Hodge's tips on what to do when people around you are not taking the virus seriously.

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Furthermore, Roseann Capanna-Hodge, LPC, says humor can play a “protective role” when it comes to anxiety and depression. Another study showed that humor has a negative correlation with anxiety and depression, and a positive correlation with optimism…and, honestly, who couldn’t benefit from some optimism right now?

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"“Perinatal depression simply isn’t talked enough about and there is still a lot of stigma attached to it,” said Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, a psychologist and pediatric mental health expert with offices in Connecticut and New York"

"New York Times, Roseann Capanna-Hodge, EdD, LPC, BCN, LLC: Handling Your Kid’s Disappointment When Everything Is Canceled"

“Instead of always focusing on the negative, flip your dialogue to only positive outcomes. For example, instead of saying, ‘If I get that job,’ switch it to, ‘When I get that job.’ Those subtle changes in using positive language helps to change your mindset to a glass half full instead of a glass half empty.”

"Some kids are naturally more competitive than others," says licensed professional counselor Roseann Capanna-Hodge, EdD. "Winning games and sports and getting those top grades is a way to get loads of attention. Who doesn't want to bask in glory?" So, wanting to win is natural. But it can sometimes go too far. "Children who are always in competition mode have to turn down their empathy and aren't as likely to connect on a more emotional level," Capanna-Hodge tells The Week."

“Having a written schedule listed on your door is important,” confirms psychologist and pediatric mental health expert Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge. “If your child can’t read, have pictures on your schedule and always open up the dialogue about what your day looks like.”

"Roseann Capanna-Hodge, psychologist, integrative mental health expert and owner of Dr. Roseann & Associates in Connecticut, coined the term "Re-Entry Panic Syndrome" to capture the emotion we may be feeling when it comes to leaving the security of our homes."