In addition to the Covid-19 epidemic, the physical effects of the disease, and parallel problems, other types of seculars have been left in the population. Among children and adolescents who face confrontation, with anxiety and panic attacks, with feelings of pain and fear, are gaining strength in Brazil. The newspaper published the information in Estadão.
One of the most well-known incidents was the mass crisis that broke out at a school in Parnambuco in April. At least 26 students at Ageu Magalhães High School Reference School in Recife needed assistance from SAMU (Mobile Emergency Care Service).
The ‘domino effect’ begins when a student becomes ill and becomes unconscious, causing others to cry. “Sweating, low saturation and tachycardia” were the symptoms reported by the medical staff present. He was not admitted to the hospital.
The case spread
The incident was also recorded in the United States. Delays in returning to school and excessive time in front of the screen, there is a record of children with phobias in social interactions, which is almost a novelty to some.
This is the case of 11-year-old Tiago *. Accustomed to a house of friends in the pre-epidemic era, the boy tells his mother that the epidemic has robbed him of his childhood. She even tried to free her son from the problem of isolation with a video game, but now the boy’s attention is focused only on the games. “She has a racing heart and she has a headache,” he says.
Like Tiago, Raphael *, 7 years old, is in his second year of elementary school at a public school in Sao Paulo. According to her mother, Pala *, complaints such as shortness of breath and heart palpitations have increased since she returned to face-to-face education. Also, biting fingers and bloody stools appear, indicating gastrointestinal problems.
For Rodrigo Bresson, a professor of medicine and psychiatrist at Unifesp (Federal University of Sao Paulo), the challenge is new.
“We don’t go back to the same place after the epidemic. For students, it’s another school. The challenge of getting out of the comfort zone is like the onset of an epidemic. Entering the epidemic is as worrying as it is capable of (causing anxiety), “he said.
Concerns can now be translated into numbers, according to a survey by the Sao Paulo Department of Education and the Ayrton Military Institute. In the assessment, at least seven students from ten public schools reported symptoms of high levels of anxiety and depression in the acute phase of Covid-19.
Of the 642,000 students assessed in 5th and 9th year and 3rd year of high school, more than 440,000 reported mental health problems. “There are a number of variables involved, because this is a multifaceted context. But, based on this diagnosis, we understand that students need help,” said Katrina Seth, an extensive education specialist at the Ayrton Military Institute.
At Centro Educacional Pioneiro, located in Villa Clementino, south of Sao Paulo, educators have already provided 210 socio-psychological services to 2 primary students (ages 10 to 14) by 2022.
“These are problems that already existed, but we noticed that they are becoming more prevalent,” said Mario Fiorenelli Neto, the education coordinator, who blames the disconnection between students and the school when they come face to face. Face activities
Adaptation and attention
To capture the progress and effects of the crisis, a solution proposed by professionals is for schools and families to work together in each youth situation. Some schools already have separate routines to improve students’ psychological care. There is a week of integration among students, invitations from physical educators and entertainers to encourage joint activities, and open-air play schedules.
“It’s a way for them to isolate themselves from the cell phone screen. The idea is for children to regain their playing skills in a larger group, “explains educator Miriam Guimeres, the school’s educational guidance coordinator.
Some schools have also adopted changes to test durations, which provide a moment of greater excitement for students, interpreting activities such as workshops and games on test application.
In state schools, educators want to bring students and teachers closer to mental health professionals. Anna Carla Crispim, an extensive education specialist at the Ayrton Military Institute, highlights the need for interdisciplinary work in the areas of health, education and social support.
On behalf of parents, family grief needs to be taken to school. In addition, dialogue with children is directed. Psychologist Adriana Severin says you shouldn’t interrupt them or look at your cell phone messages during conversations.
“An eye-to-mouth conversation will show how parents can intervene, whether they are afraid of the virus or have difficulty establishing a relationship,” he said.