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Teenage Health

Published on Dec 01 2016 // Uncategorized

  Teenage Health                  Teenage Health

Teenage years can be a difficult time for all involved. In this section you can find information on conditions that teenagers might be particularly interested in, such as acne, contraception and sensible drinking. Mental health and healthy living are also covered. If you are looking for reliable, doctor-authored advice on issues such as “Why do I need an HPV vaccine?”, “How do I check my testicles for lumps?” or “What are panic attacks?”, the leaflets in this section will be useful to you.

Exercises and activities to help with teenage issues   1

Managing worrying thoughts is an important life skill. Here are some activities and exercises that your child can use now and in the future.

Changing worrying thoughts
This activity helps your child notice worrying thoughts and then change them to more helpful ones. But remember some worry and stress is normal and helps to keep us motivated. Try to be supportive, thoughtful and warm while you help your child challenge his thinking:

  1. If a particular event is very worrying for your child, first get her to write down all her thoughts about the event. For example, ‘I’m going to fail the maths exam’, ‘I’m really bad at maths’.
  2. Talk together about whether the thoughts are helpful or unhelpful. For example, ‘How do you know you’re going to fail?’
  3. Work on finding some thoughts that are more helpful. For example, ‘You’ve done plenty of preparation for the exam. Now you can only do your best’.
  4. Here’s how you could summarise the changed thinking: ‘I’m worried about my maths exam because I find maths hard. Hey, I don’t really know if I’m going to fail or not. I might have trouble with the exam but I’ve studied and prepared, and now I can only do my best’.

This exercise needs practice. You can encourage your child to change his worrying thoughts by praising him for having a go.

Positive thinking
If your child spends too much time thinking about negative events, it can lead to worry and stress. Positive thinking exercises can get your child in the habit of spending more time thinking about what has gone well and why.

Your child could write down three things that went well in her day and how she helped to bring them about. They don’t have to be big things. It might be hearing a bird sing outside, and she helped by letting herself notice it.


Physical changes in adolescence

The period between childhood and young adulthood is a period of rapid change – physical, emotional, cognitive and social. During this time, children’s bodies change in different ways at different times. No two teenage bodies are the same.

Physical changes during adolescence

For girls, you might start to see early physical changes from about 10 or 11 years, but they might start as young as 8 years or as old as 13 years. Physical changes around puberty include:

  • breast development
  • changes in body shape and height
  • growth of pubic and body hair
  • the start of periods (menstruation).

For boys, physical changes usually start around 11 or 12 years, but they might start as young as 9 years or as old as 14 years. Physical changes include:

  • growth of the penis and testes (testicles)
  • changes in body shape and height
  • erections with ejaculation
  • growth of body and facial hair
  • changes to voice.



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