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Family Harmony Tested During Lockdownon September 24, 2021 at 11:13 pm

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Experts in Australia are increasingly concerned by the harmful psychological impacts of lockdown and the way healthy family dynamics are disrupted. An exhausted mum tries to work from home as her kids play up because they feel she’s ignoring them. Screen time and TV restrictions are out the window and the family’s natural harmony is up-ended. It’s a pandemic scenario being played out in homes across the country. While no doubt unsettling, a lack of domestic structure and routine is also having a harmful psychological impact, experts say. A major report compiled by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has pinpointed increased levels of emotional distress during lockdown, particularly in younger people. According to The First Year of COVID-19 in Australia, the prevalence of painful psychological symptoms associated with fluctuations in mood has been measurably higher. By April this year, the effects of stress across the population had essentially returned …

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