Studies show up to 50 percent of teenagers are experiencing some depression or anxiety during Covid-19 pandemic

"When the door opens, you need to be there, because teenagers let you in at various moments on their own time," says parent coach Erica Komisar.

The Randy Tobler Show
June 02, 2020 - 7:30 am
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(KFTK) – Parent coach, psychoanalyst, and author of Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters, Erica Komisar tells Randy Tobler  that, "it's a particulary difficult time for adolescents and young adults."

The combination of  their development as well as the stress added by Covid-19 shutdowns plus they tend to be "very present-oriented, which means  that its hard for them when they experience adversity to see into a hopeful future.  Which makes them more at risk for depression and even suicide."

Komisar says teenagers offer brief moments for parents to be part of their lives, but those moments are not open very wide, "I use the phrase, 'when the door opens, you need to be there' because teenagers let you in at various moments on their own time.  They'll be open for communication, they'll be open to share with you.  Right now, we have the advantage of physically being around more than we used to with our teenagers. That means, when the door opens,  if we're paying attentio, and they're able to share with us, we're more there for them."

Randy and Erica agree that there is a need to express emotions to loved ones, but some people don't,  "they feel that expressing emotions or encouraging their child to express emotions like sadness, or anger or frustration is a sign of weakness when in fact it's a great strength. It's the greatest strength."

 

Read Erica Komisar's latest article on The Institute For Family Studies website.

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