New York clinical psychologist to help teens cope with stress
It’s no secret that people have had mental health issues during the pandemic.
For many teens and children, feelings like anxiety and depression can be feelings they don’t know how to communicate.
Schenectady’s clinical psychologist Dr Rudy Nydegger says it’s important to try and keep things as normal as possible for teens at a time when everything else seems to be changing.
“They don’t know who to talk to or what to do,” Nydegger said. “Parents and friends are a good support system. “
Nydegger says parents should watch for any changes in their child’s behavior and can ask these questions if they notice they are acting differently.
“Are you feeling more nervous than usual?” Are you more worried? Are you isolating yourself? Nydegger has said things that parents can ask of their child.
Nydegger says talking with friends and family can help, but if symptoms of depression and anxiety don’t go away, professional help should be considered.
“You can talk to friends [and] family, but a professional brings knowledge, experience, expertise and perspective; it’s different, ”Nydegger said.
Even though the thought of sharing your feelings with a stranger can be scary, Nydegger recommends trying therapy at least once.
He says many teens like to talk with someone who is neutral and sympathetic.