Following Up  |  April 21 Online Program

Recorded on Tuesday, April 21, 2020: COVID-19 has shifted the paradigm in which we foster relationships and cultivate communities. Dr. Caroline Fenkel and June Farlam helped us to navigate the “new normal” in order to cope with COVID and embrace isolation.
Topics included solutions to boredom, teen depression, and family conflict issues during this unique time.

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Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW

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June Farlam, MSW, LSW

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According to Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW, “Parents frequently tell us that they have to beg their teens to get out of the house and see their friends, instead of holding them back and implementing curfews. And when you talk to them about isolating, they talk about it like it is a drug.”

The effects of social isolation on mental health are overwhelmingly negative. Furthermore, ongoing loneliness and isolation can also create physical symptoms. Therefore, research shows that chronic loneliness has the following effects:

• Increased stress response and cortisol levels
• Less restful and less restorative sleep
• Negative impact on physical health; more detrimental for overall health than obesity, smoking, or high blood pressure
• Greater risk of suicide
• More alcohol and drug use
• Depression and anxiety
• Poor self-care, such as bathing, grooming, and nutrition
• Decrease in positive outlook

Dr. Fenkel talks with parents about how we can encourage young people to stop isolating. With the advent of laptops, high-speed wifi, smart phones, Snapchat, Pinterest, Netflix, single shooter video games, it isn’t hard to wonder why teens and young adults prefer to stay in their rooms during their free time rather than connect with their peers IRL (in real life). This presentation addresses the causes of chronic isolation and will guide parents in ways they can help their teens to break the isolation cycle.

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Thank you to the School District of Springfield Township for videotaping the November 20, 2019 presentation by local clinician, Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW.

Find out more about isolation and teens.

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Center for Parent & Teen Communication

Why Generation Z is loneliest generation; how to help

USA Today

How to Recognize Loneliness in Teenagers

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Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Teens aren’t socializing in the real world. And that’s making them super lonely.

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How Parents Can Help a Lonely Teen

Getting Teens Professional Help

Center for Parent and Teen Communication