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  • Is it anxiety or does Kevin have COVID-19?

    Tags: Texas Children Mental Health Care Consortium, laurel williams, CPAN

    By Laurel L. Williams, DO
    Medical Director, Centralized Operational Support Hub
    Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium

    Clinical vignette: It’s 3 p.m. on a busy Thursday. Kevin and his mother zoom into your office for the third time in six weeks. Today’s chief complaint is stomach pain and mild diarrhea. Kevin is 9 years old and has had some stomach issues in the past. Mom has been reading up on COVID-19 and heard that children more often present with stomach versus respiratory symptoms. The history does not really fit COVID-19 and you are starting to wonder about anxiety. But how to talk with mom without looking like you are brushing off the COVID concern? You wish you had a child psychiatrist on speed dial.

    What’s faster than a pizza delivery and better for your physical and emotional well-being? The new state-funded Child Psychiatry Access Network at (888) 901-2726.