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Teen reality check-ups help teens with issues


Dr. Eugene Shatz, MD

Photo: DeVos Childrens' Hospital

David Moore
February 11, 2013 | AP  

 The 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. 

That can 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.

Dr. 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.”

And 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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