Dr. Christine Adams, MD, is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has practiced in Louisville, Kentucky for over forty years. Her work there involves long-term dynamic psychotherapy to help resolve anxiety and depression issues. She has also worked as a forensic child psychiatrist, been an expert witness in custody and childhood sexual abuse court cases and a psychiatric consultant for the Department of Defense.
Dr Adams taught at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Life Member of the American Psychiatric Association.
In this podcast, Dr Adams talks about her work on children’s mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Potential mental health risks for children include anxiety, depression, loneliness and not being able to see their friends. These are all things adults can find just as problematic. As children can pick up on their parents behaviour and mimic it, adults need to pay attention to their own mental health.
Dr Adams has developed seven mindsets to support children during a quarantine period or lockdown. These mindsets can help them develop skills that build resilience but will also help in adult life. The areas covered include patience, scheduling, creativity, sharing , negotiating and how to disconnect schoolwork from play.
For more information about Dr. Adams visit her website: http://www.doctorchristineadams.com