In the state of the current pandemic there has been concern for rising prevalence of mental health issues among adolescents. This includes the onset of new mental illness and exacerbations of previously existing mental illness including anxiety and depression. Screening, follow up and treatment for these conditions is all the more an important part of the well adolescent visit and requires adaptability from both the provider and the patient in the context of using telemedicine. The incorporation of lifestyle medicine interventions to treat chronic mental health issues can empower teens and families to embrace
changes when outside resources or treatment may be limited.
In addition, discussion of six evidence based lifestyle interventions to improve depression and
anxiety can be useful to review. Specific focus will be given to stress management strategies and how best to provide council on these topics in a changing clinical landscape.
Lastly, newly developed ACLM tools may help in disseminating information to adolescents and their communities, easing discussion of mental health issues and providing strategies to increase resilience.