Children with headache disorders report worse symptoms, mood during pandemic: study – CTV

Aug. 7, 2022

A new study has found children who suffer from headache disorders have been experiencing more frequent pain and worse anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The small study, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Child Neurology, points to elevated stress — from disruptions to their daily lives, social distancing and anxiety around the disease — as well as decreased physical activity and increased screen time as causes.

Increased participation in virtual environments may have resulted in feelings of isolation and anxiety for kids, lead author Marc DiSabella, an osteopathic doctor and director of the Headache Program at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., said in a press release.

“These findings are really impactful to me as a physician and a parent,” DiSabella said.

“It is important we gain a better understanding about how stress and changes in routine affect children’s well-being and mood.”

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