How to help teens cope in a global pandemic

Parents can support their teens by helping them learn how to handle getting through challenges now.

(CNN)Teens are struggling during the pandemic, with social isolation, loss and financial woes on top of what's already a tumultuous time in their young lives. Parents worry it will only get worse as holiday celebrations are muted or even canceled in light of the mounting Covid-19 death toll and hospitalizations.

CNN talked to pediatrician and teen health specialist Dr. Anisha Abraham, the author of "Raising Global Teens: A Practical Handbook for Parenting in the 21st Century," to get her advice for raising teens in a pandemic. Abraham, who is on the faculty at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, is the parent of two boys, ages 10 and 12. This conversation was lightly edited for length and clarity.
CNN: How can we help teens cope during a worsening pandemic?
    Dr. Anisha Abraham: Many teens feel isolated from friends and family, frustrated about the loss of regular school and activities, and saddened by the loss of milestones. Quite a few tell me that they are stressed, anxious and even depressed. It's important to have regular conversations with teens about how they are handling the pandemic. Remember to validate the emotions that they may be experiencing.