Raising Joy Podcast: How Puberty Impacts Mental Health With Shanna Combs, M.D.
Listen to Episode 30 of the Raising Joy podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. The podcast is part of the JOY Campaign, which launched in April 2021 as a suicide prevention communication initiative, and aims to reach parents through honest conversations about the mental wellbeing of children and teens.
Puberty can be a difficult time for kids and their families. It can be hard to tell if changes in mood are normal growing pains, or if there’s an underlying mental health problem.
On this episode of Raising Joy, we’re joined by Shanna Combs, M.D., a pediatric gynecologist at Cook Children’s. She explains how puberty affects mental health and why girls are more at risk for developing issues with depression and anxiety.
Talking about periods is sometimes uncomfortable for parents and/or girls. Here are additional resources:
- Ask-a-Doc | Period Talk | How to Use a Tampon (cookchildrens.org)
- Ask-a-Doc | Period Talk: How to Use a Pad (cookchildrens.org)
Raising Joy is part of Cook Children’s Health Care System’s Joy Campaign, a communications initiative aimed at preventing youth suicides. For more information about the Joy Campaign, visit cookchildrens.org/joy.
About Cook Children's
Cook Children’s Health Care System embraces an inspiring Promise – to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, we’re proud of our long and rich tradition of serving our community. Our not-for-profit organization is comprised of nine companies, including our Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., Child Study Center and Health Foundation. With more than 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations throughout Texas, families can access our top-ranked specialty programs and network of services to meet the unique needs of their child. For 100 years, we’ve worked to improve the health of children from across our primary service area of Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. We combine the art of caring with leading technology and extraordinary collaboration to provide exceptional care for every child. This has earned Cook Children’s a strong, far-reaching reputation with patients traveling from around the country and the globe to receive life-saving pediatric care. For more information, visit cookchildrens.org.