“We are seeing a deterioration in the psychological state of young adolescents and adults”, testifies Daniel Coum, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, director of the Parentel association, evaluating an increase of up to + 30% in requests from Parentel.
Teenagers are hurting. Either way, that’s what they tell us
“We are also faced with more requests from 12-16 year olds”, notes Sylvie Boivin, child psychiatrist, observing the clear trend recorded since January in the twenty medico-psychological centers located in Cornouaille and attached to the EPSM of Finistère-south.
At Le Chic, the child psychiatry service is overwhelmed by hospitalizations. “Three-quarters of the beds are occupied by cases of psychiatric care,” reports Dr Boivin.
If the tone of the painting is indisputably dark, Daniel Coum (author of the book “Making a family in the time of confinement and getting out of it”) does not share the idea of a collective trauma. The health crisis would not have generated a social breakdown: “Not everyone is housed in the same boat. Many families have also found in this upheaval the possibility of reinventing links and are doing well, ”he insists, judging it essential not to dramatize the situation.
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12-16 year olds
“We are in the process of objectifying the data and we are no longer in a feeling”, specifies Dr Boivin, nevertheless able to go into the details of a situation that she knows well for 12-16 year olds: ” I am overwhelmed by requests for hospitalization ”, she testifies. “The situations are also more degraded and worrying”. Understand, more often materializing by acts of self-destruction that can go as far as attempting suicide. “One to five identified each week among those under 18”, by the EPSM since the beginning of the year.
Family time and space do not combine in confinement.
“We have testimonies that endure around the notion of confinement,” observes Daniel Coum. “At the end of the first confinement, we made the assumption that parents and children together 24 hours a day is something quite unbearable,” observes the psychoanalyst. “Whereas family ties are there to help them leave the nest. The time and space of the family do not combine in confinement ”. The director of Parentel notes that in a certain number of cases – more and more numerous – these “teenagers are exhausted by the efforts required of them to be permanently with their parents”.
The families that have held up are those who have resources, psychological and / or material.
Sylvie Boivin believes that the causal link with the constraints of the health crisis is not direct: for the child psychiatrist, the psychological news of teenagers is rather linked to the complexity of the situations of each family: “We meet young people who were often fragile before ”.
The 18 -25
Daniel Coum draws particular attention to 18 -25 year olds, especially students: “This population experiences something exceptionally difficult in the reinforcement of loneliness”. A point also noted by the therapists of the EPSM: “There is a major distress generated by the isolation”.
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No or few lessons, no or few relationships with friends: “These young people can no longer make themselves exist in extra-family social ties as is necessary”, explains Daniel Coum. The psychoanalyst also observes that these young people “testify to their difficulty in maintaining the thread of their investment”.
Support and reassure
“We adults, we must continue to have sufficient confidence in the future even if it is a little overplayed: it is very important for children”, recommends Daniel Coum. “It is not a question of making promises that cannot be kept but of contributing to appeasement”. “As far as life at home is concerned, we have to make time for times when we escape the gaze of the other. Structuring time but also space before coming to blows ”. “It is important, as a parent, not to convey your own concern. Transmitting a little trust can mean doing things together, providing support, ”adds Dr Boivin.
She underlines new forms of solidarity that have appeared in other cities: “Families share their table once or twice a week with a student: reactivate elementary bonds of solidarity”.
From Parentel, 02 98 43 10 20; from the House of adolescents, 02 98 10 20 35; medical-psychological centers 02 98 53 34 50.
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