Teen Mental Health During Pandemic

— Written By Jennifer Guerrero and last updated by Vonda Vaughn
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great deal of stress to people of all ages, but one group specifically affected is teenagers. As we continue dealing with this, it’s important to be aware of your teen’s mental health. Pediatrician Lauren Strelitz, MD, provides some advice on helping teens navigate this difficult time.
Dr. Strelitz states, “This is a time where they’re developmentally supposed to be gaining independence.” So being stuck at home and missing out on extracurricular activities can be tough. It’s important to find creative ways to help your teenager spend time with their friends. Examples could include Zoom meetings to watch movies together, or even to hang out in a socially distanced manner with one or two friends is important for teens’ well-being.