Teens Healthcare

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Teenagers Appointments

You're probably used to coming to your visits and having your parents tell the doctor everything that's going on with you. As you transition into adulthood, it is still very important for parents to stay involved. However, we also want to help you take charge of your health, and we will begin asking you, instead of your parent, more of the questions starting at age 12 and increasing each year. 

Your parents are welcome to chime in and fill in details, but this is your chance to begin developing independence and to learn how to talk to a healthcare provider about your health before you hit adulthood and are completely on your own. We offer a safe place for you to experience confidential interactions with healthcare providers trained to meet their needs.

Confidentiality During Appointments

As you become older, we will provide time sessions with your health care provider to allow you to discuss sensitive topics with an expert. Confidentiality during healthcare appointments means that discussions you have with your healthcare provider will not be shared with anyone else, including your parents. 

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Confidentiality & Communication

We do encourage strong communication between you and your parents, however, and are here to help you approach sensitive topics with them. Even if you feel the topic will be difficult for your parents or uncomfortable for you to talk about, they know your strengths and are, typically, the best people to help you through difficult times. The final decision on what will be shared with your parents is yours unless you are in danger, have suicidal or homicidal thoughts, or are in an abusive relationship.

We encourage you to check out this article about privacy with your healthcare provider. What it says is true. Your provider:

  • Respects your privacy.
  • Has answered all kinds of questions from other teens. You're not going to surprise them even if it's tough for you to talk about!
  • Is an expert in health issues and will want to ask you questions about your health to help you make healthy decisions.
  • Can help you find a way to talk with your parents or other trusted adult(s) in your life.
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Resources for Teens

Your Body

It is tough not to worry about your body these days! It can be difficult to separate images touched up or photographed from the perfect angle from reality.

Your Mind

Life as a teen can be tough, and there are so many pressures teens face that it can be overwhelming.

Bullying and Peer Pressure

Bullying is a huge concern for kids, teens, and parents. And so is the pressure you might feel from your friends to do something you don't feel comfortable with.

Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, and Vaping

For the same reason why teens are more at risk for alcoholism, they are also at risk for smoking addiction. The younger a person starts, the quicker and stronger addiction can be.

Sex and Relationships

As all people develop and mature, each person becomes aware of their sexuality. This is a time when each person becomes aware of their attraction to males or females.