Dr Alisson agrees that pandemic stress can impact teenagers’ ability to learn. She says, ‘Uncertainty around Covid-19 can cause anxiety, exhaustion and fatigue. If anxiety effects our functioning then it’s like trudging through mud mentally, feeling a fogginess in our thinking processes. This impacts our ability to concentrate and remain motivated.’ Any dysfunctional behaviours or relationships in a family can be exacerbated during this period when everyone is forced into a confined space together.
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