COVID-19: Do Corona Measures Cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children?

Lockdown: How can post-traumatic stress disorders in children be prevented?

Children in particular can quickly develop various fears and even post-traumatic stress disorders in quarantine times during the COVID-19 pandemic. How can we protect our children and prevent post-traumatic stress disorder?

A recent report on COVID-19 emphasizes that children in Corona times should be specially protected against the development of post-traumatic stress disorders. The results were summarized in the English language journal "The Open Pediatric Medicine Journal".

Isolation protects us from COVID-19

COVID-19 is a pandemic disease that has forced us to take restrictive measures to prevent it from spreading further. These measures are urgently needed to protect the health of adults, children and people with previous illnesses.

What typically causes post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder develops as a result of one or more physical or psychological traumatic events, such as the stress caused by natural disasters, wars, traffic accidents, robberies, diseases with an unfavorable prognosis, grief, physical and sexual abuse, childhood abuse and many other reasons.

Lifestyle habits in COVID-19 times can promote stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder can also develop as a result of lifestyle changes as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. The long period of quarantine can contribute to an increase in general anxiety, fear of infection and even post-traumatic stress disorder. It is therefore important to speak openly and honestly with children about existing fears and problems.

Explain the reasons for isolation to children

For example, the child should be told that they need to be isolated from other people to avoid contact with the virus until effective medication, a vaccine, or similar therapies are available.

What can children do during isolation?

Children usually have no problem staying at home. They spend their time there, for example, playing games, watching TV and talking to other family members. In some cases, where the restrictive measures are not too strict, you can also play outdoors.

Problems caused by long periods of isolation

In such cases, it is important to clearly structure the children's daily routine and to discuss any fears that may exist in order to calm the children down. Based on previous experience in handling quarantine measures, the researchers report that long periods of isolation can lead to psychological symptoms such as emotional disorders, depression, stress, mood disorders, irritability and insomnia.

Educate your children about the COVID 19 crisis

Children need special support in these tough times of COVID-19. It is therefore particularly important to explain to children why quarantine measures are necessary, what happens after the COVID-19 pandemic and how they can deal with this potentially traumatic event. (as)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.


  • Michele Roccella: Children and Coronavirus Infection (Covid-19): What to Tell Children to Avoid Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in The Open Pediatric Medicine Journal (Published Volume 10, Page 1, Apr 15, 2020), The Open Pediatric Medicine Journal

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