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Dear Mary-Anne: How do I know if my teenage son is battling with loneliness?

Dear Mary-Anne: How do I know if my teenage son is battling with loneliness?

Review: Today Mary-Anne Scott in her Stuff health column answers a question about how a teenager can battle feelings of loneliness and not be misunderstood. Mary-Anne empathizes with the parent, who herself felt isolated and alone as a teenager after immigrating from a non-English speaking country. Mary-Anne asks if the quiet son is happy – since one can be alone and happy (e.g. contemplating, being creative) without feeling lonely.

If you believe your child is lonely, Mary-Anne recommends keeping communication lines open. She suggests to the parent that maybe she share her experiences of loneliness as a teenager as a way of opening up a discussion.

Feature photo: Being quiet and not engaged with others all the time can be good for children. It builds independence and if your child is content to be alone then you can relax.