The United States is in the grips of a child mental health crisis that some experts have declared to be a national state of emergency. Pediatricians across the country are reporting that the pressures of the pandemic have resulted in soaring rates of depression, anxiety, trauma, and loneliness among children, while many teachers and parents say learning is on the decline and behavioral issues are on the rise.

Dr. Michele Borba, a child behavioral expert and author of the book “Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine,” says what the country has seen since the start of the pandemic is a regression – not only in learning – but also in the emotional wellbeing and behavior of America’s youth.

“A crisis only amplifies preexisting issues, which is why we’ve got to put mental health first and foremost in terms of everything across the board,” she says.

On Thursday’s episode, “The Youth Mental Health Crisis,” Dr. Borba and Dr. Phil discuss the impacts of the youth mental health crisis currently sweeping America.

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