Recognize Post-pandemic Trauma in Teens

For many teens, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a traumatic
experience that created fear, anxiety, questions and caution.

Youth and adolescents are among those most affected by the
pandemic and it’s important to know that they may still be
adjusting to the ever‑changing world around them, especially
as they enter another new school year.

“COVID‑19 interrupted routines, education, relationships
and a sense of safety for everyone, but especially teens,”
said Geoff Schaubhut, PhD, behavioral health specialist
at Park Street Clinic in Lebanon. “Teens are at a crucial
developmental stage in life and the threats of the pandemic
left many feeling anxious and depressed.”

Mental Health America shares these signs and symptoms of
mental health disorders.

  • Problems with concentration, memory or ability to
    think clearly.
  • Changes in appetite.
  • Feeling sad, empty, hopeless or worthless.
  • Loss of interest in things that they used to enjoy. 
  • Excessive worry.
  • Irritability or restlessness.
  • Changes in sleep.
  • Angry outbursts.
  • Not wanting to be around people or take part in

“Be on the lookout for any of these traits in your teen,” said Dr.
Schaubhut. “If you notice any of them develop — even just
one — have a conversation with your child about how they are
feeling and what kind of support they need.”

Screening tools are available at for
parents and youth to learn the signs and find out if a young
person may have symptoms of a behavioral, emotional or
cognitive disorder. If screening results indicate cause for
concern, seek professional help.

Looking for a health care provider?
Call Samaritan’s Find a Doctor line for assistance
at 800-863-5241.

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