Adolescence is likely one of the most challenging periods for both teens and parents. Puberty can be associated with dramatic physical and emotional changes. Patients at this age are encouraged to gradually begin the transition into making medical decisions about their health care independent of their parents, so often we ask that part of the visit occur without the parent/caregiver in the room to permit open communication and privacy.
Visits during these years focus on nutrition, sports and fitness, school performance or difficulties (ADHD, bullying), mental health issues (anxiety, depression), sleep habits, risk taking behavior and safety, acne, tobacco, drug and alcohol use/abuse, and puberty and sexuality. We also use these visits to assure that patients are fully vaccinated.
Additionally, those patients with chronic diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, etc. are reminded that they are expected to participate in maintaining wellness by taking their medications as directed, being aware of names and doses of medications, and understanding the potential consequences of non-compliance.