The election and recent behavior of the Trump administration have many of us experiencing a great deal of stress, so much that many psychiatrists have already started using the term “Post-Trump Stress Disorder” to explain the huge influx of clients seeking election-related mental health support since November 2nd.
The stress, grief, and anxiety relating to Trump’s election is not only being felt by adults - it is also having a dramatic and unique impact on kids.
- Tantrums, irritability, crying more frequently
- Acting out at school
- Disturbed sleep or bad dreams
- Worrying, fretting, repetitive behavior
- Stressed or anxious expression
- Aggravation of fears or phobias
- Loss of appetite or increased appetite
- Stomach aches, diarrhea, or constipation
These symptoms may be especially noticeable or aggravated in children who are included in one or more of the identities that have been targeted or threatened by the Trump administration - female children, LGBTQ children and adolescents, children of color, immigrant children or children whose parents are immigrants, and children with disabilities are especially vulnerable to confusion and stress over recent events.
Talk About It
Children need avenues to discuss their fears and concerns. Avoiding the subject of the Trump administration may be increasing anxiety, rather than preventing it. While you don’t have to inform your child of every nuance and detail of the political change that is happening in Washington, inviting your children to share their thoughts, feelings, fears and concerns can be a big step toward relieving those concerns in a healthy way.
Encourage Your Kids to Get Active
Take Care of Yourself
Herbs for Anxious Kids
In addition, lavender essential oil added to an oil diffusor can provide a relaxing aromatherapy effect for anxious kids.