Impact of Chronic Condition on Children’s Mental Health

A new resource by SickKids outlines how chronic conditions can affect many aspects of a child’s everyday routine at a time when they are figuring out who they are and what they enjoy. Some children with a chronic condition may be more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. As children or teens adjust to a chronic condition, it is important to help them develop their own set of coping strategies, such as physical strategies, behaviours, or coping thoughts.