Dr. Eugene Shatz, MD Photo: DeVos Childrens' Hospital
David Moore February 11, 2013 | AP
teenage years can be a struggle as kids grow up.The earlier bond with parents can seem to
dissolve about the time twelve changes to thirteen.
For many teens, part of the problem lies in
finding somebody other than school friends to talk to, A safe person who
understands and really cares.
be a tall order, something Spectrum Health adolescent medicine specialist Dr. Eugene
Shatz will tell you.
When he talks to ‘teeners and ‘tweeners, he goes into “reality
check up” mode to help his young patients
better deal with their many issues.He
allows this kind of approach represents
a shift in the doctor-patient rapport.
Shatz says “anticipatory guidance needs to be given to the teenager and the
parents about the change in the relationship between doctor, parent and patient
from when the teenager was seven, eight, nine or ten, and now the child is
eleven, twelve, thirteen or slightly older.”
yes, he does sometimes run into resistance and resentment from the young
patient.But on the other hand, Dr. Schatz
also says he also sees teens who’ve been desperately seeking some to listen
confidentially, non judgmentally, and
to just understand.
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