Commonly Asked Questions About Child & Teen Mental Health
In this ask me anything format, Dr. Lisa Coyne answers audience questions about mental health in children and teens.
Understanding teens opens up a new world for parents. Join me in continuing the conversation with Dr. Lisa Damour about when to worry about our adolescents - This includes the issues that teens are struggling with and how to respond, understanding the way teens use extreme language, broaching heavy conversations, and more.
Back in 2017, psychologist Jean Twenge set off a firestorm in the field of psychology.
Twenge studies generational trends at San Diego State University. When she looked at mental health metrics for teenagers around 2012, what she saw shocked her. "In all my analyses of generational data — some reaching back to the 1930s — I had never seen anything like it," Twenge wrote in the Atlantic in 2017.
Twenge warned of a mental health crisis on the horizon. Rates of depression, anxiety and loneliness were rising. And she had a hypothesis for the cause: smartphones and all the social media that comes along with them. "Smartphones were used by the majority of Americans around 2012, and that's the same time loneliness increases. That's very suspicious," Twenge told NPR in 2017.
This episode is about the phenomenon of rising teenage unhappiness. What’s actually happening? Why is it happening? What theories make sense, and what theories don’t? How can we fix this problem? Today’s guest is Matthew Biel, the chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center and chief medical officer at Fort Health.