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Victor Carrion: How to beat stress in a pandemic

An expert on trauma unmasks the sometimes hidden hallmarks of stress and discusses techniques to recognize and lessen its effects at every age.

A young boy smiling and giving two thumbs up at the camera with a rainbow drawing taped on the window above him

A child psychiatrist says everyone in a family is dealing with some degree of stress due to COVID-19, and that’s okay. | Reuters Pictures/Eddie Keogh

Child psychiatrist Victor Carrion has dedicated his career to studying and helping people deal with trauma, especially kids.

He says that it is understandable that everyone in the family is dealing with some degree of stress due to COVID-19, and that’s okay. The key is to recognize and acknowledge the stress and deal with it head on.

In this episode of Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything with host, bioengineer Russ Altman, Carrion explains that stress manifests differently at different ages. What works for parent may not for child. He also discusses strategies for minimizing the risk of future post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Carrion counsels trying creative outlets like art and mindfulness techniques like yoga to find what works best to beat stress in these very stressful times.