When your child is too old for a pediatrician and too young for a doctor who treats adults, UCF Health’s adolescent medicine practice can help bridge the gap.
During the adolescent years, generally between ages 11 and 21, growth occurs at an exponential rate. Bodies, brains and hormones are in a constant state of change. In addition, school demands, peer pressure and family expectations add an extra dimension that can directly impact adolescents’ physical and mental health.
UCF Health’s specialists are equipped to handle the complex physical, behavioral and emotional care needs of adolescents—from physical exams and immunizations to reproductive and mental healthcare. In fact, our doctors work to earn the trust of the adolescent patient, which encourages him or her to communicate openly and honestly about their concerns and fears. When this happens, physicians can better address positive and negative health patterns, as well as identify at-risk behaviors such as depression and eating disorders.
Often it’s appropriate to work with parents and adolescents together. When this occurs, communication is often improved and the chances of establishing healthy habits for a lifetime greatly increase.