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ENCORE: Coronavirus Pandemic Strains Idaho Kids' Mental Health

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This interview originally aired Aug. 13, 2020.

Even though COVID-19 seems to be not affecting children’s bodies as much as it is adults, the disease is not being so kind to children’s minds. No one is immune to the stress that comes with a pandemic and related quarantining. However, many mental health experts believe children may be at a particular risk.

Think about it: kids already live in a universe that is out of their control, and they can become especially shaken when the things they count on to give their world order are blown to bits.

Joining Idaho Matters today to talk more about this is Dr. Paula Griffith, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Services in Twin Falls.

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Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.