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This week on MD for Moms, I interview Pediatrician Dr. Hina Talib about COVID19 and the impact on teenagers. Dr. Talib specializes in adolescence, and explains normal adolescent development and how each age group is likely to respond to this pandemic. Parenting a teen is hard, and doing so during this unique time is especially difficult given teens are hard wired to ignore authority, feel invincible and as a result, may engage in dangerous behaviors. Teenagers are naturally social, but are only allowed to virtually see friends. Instead, they are being forced to spend 24/7 physically with their families. If COVID19 had happened in the 1990’s, I would have been a mess – an absolute disaster of a teenager. Why should any teen today be any better? Realistically, teenagers are going to have a really hard time with everything, which is understandable. Dr. Talib explains how parents can try to help rather than make things worse.
We also explore how much should we discuss COVID19 with younger tweens and teens and how much should we shield them. Should teens be allowed to isolate themselves in their rooms or do parents need to force them to come out and be part of the family for a certain amount of time per day? Should teens be allowed to have unfettered access to social media or should there be strict limits placed despite this being a large part of their new social world?
The topic of teenage mental health during this unique time is also very important. We review how to help if a teen is suffering with a lot of anxiety or other mood symptoms. While these times are incredibly stressful for most of us, teenagers may feel more unstable and be more impacted – it is imperative that parents understand how to be there for their kids. We discuss all of this and much more on this week’s MD for Moms.
There is no call-in option this week because Dr. Hina Talib is working on the front-lines caring for COVID19 patients during the show on Wednesday 4/15/20. Thank you, Dr. Talib, for caring for the sickest among us – please stay safe and healthy.
Learn more about my guest Dr. Hina Talib:
Who is @teenhealthdoc? Tooting my own horn, imposter syndrome be darned!
I have been a Pediatrician for the last 14 years and an Adolescent Medicine sub-specialist for 10 years. I am grateful to the places that have trained me: @brownu @weillcornell @wellcornellpedsresidency @montefiorehealthsystem.
I am an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Pediatrics and, by courtesy, in the Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore at @EinsteinMEd @chamstagram3415 where I teach, see patients, and do research.
For the past 7 years, I have been a Program Director in charge of training future Adolescent Medicine doctors at one of the oldest fellowship programs in our country.
I enjoy having a pulse on health news and I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology & on the editorial board of Pediatric Annals.
At my childrens hospital, I am a Medical Director of one of our inpatient units and of our Adolescent Medicine Inpatient service, where I aim to provide teen-friendly hospital services.
Nationally, I serve on the executive board of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology & regionally I am a past-president of the NY Chapter for Society of Adolescent Health and currently co-chair our American Academy of Pediatrics’ chapter committee on Adolescent Medicine.