Schools in Indian-administered Kashmir reopened Wednesday after 31 months.
Health professionals say mental health issues among children spiked during this period.
Schools were first closed down due to the security situation arising from India’s revocation of Kashmir’s limited autonomy in August 2019.
They remained closed later due to the restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
So far, the pandemic has killed over 4,700 people in the region, according to health officials.
Mohammad Shaheen, an occupational therapist said many children with obsessive disorders were treated during this period.
Isolation and the lack of schools, recreational activities and contact with friends has led to the spike in anxieties and depression among children, he said.