During adolescence, as teenagers transition into adulthood, they experience significant physical, mental, and emotional changes. The choices they make as they grapple with increased independence can have profound ramifications on wellbeing. Teens who become involved in unhealthy or risky behaviors, such as inactivity, unbalanced eating, substance abuse, unprotected sexual activity, or dangerous driving, may find themselves at risk for long term, even life long, health consequences. This work offers parents and teens basic information about growth and development during adolescence and related safety issues. It discusses the importance of routine medical care, adequate nutrition, physical activity, and sleep. It offers facts about reproductive development and the health consequences of sexual decisions. It also describes many of the most common health problems that affect adolescents, including acne, allergies, asthma, diabetes, and infections. Emotional, social, and mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety disorders, self injury, suicide, and addictions, are also discussed. The book concludes with a glossary of related terms and a directory of resources.
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