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Healthy Teens, Body and Soul : A Parent's Complete Guide - Andrea Marks

Healthy Teens, Body and Soul

A Parent's Complete Guide

eBook Published: 4th February 2003
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This breakthrough book covers the head-to-toe, outside-inside health needs of today's 10- to 21-year-olds. Written by experts in adolescent medicine and parent-child relationships, this comprehensive reference gives no-nonsense, straightforward guidance on how to talk with teens in a way that will help them take charge of their own health.
Andrea Marks, M.D., and Betty Rothbart, M.S.W., take a unique approach -- they focus on the interplay of physical, mental, emotional, and social issues that make these years such a challenging time. They show how physical health concerns must be considered within the context of the three main goals of adolescence:
• gaining independence
• clarifying sexual identity
• Finding a realistic, satisfying place in society
Combining authoritative information with sound advice on communicating with teens, who really do want and need their parents' help (even though at times it may seem otherwise), Healthy Teens, Body and Soul will teach parents how to open the lines of communication that will result in healthier, happier teens (and parents!).

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Mel Levine, M.D. author of the #1 New York Times bestseller A Mind at a Time A landmark owner's manual for parents...



Chapter 1 The Stages and Tasks of Adolescent Development

What to Do About the Fears

Defining Adolescence

The Tasks of Adolescence

Early Adolescence:

Ages 10 to 14 -- the Middle School/Junior High Years

Health-Partnering in Early Adolescence

Middle Adolescence:

Ages 15 to 18 -- the High School Years

Health-Partnering in Middle Adolescence

Late Adolescence:

Ages 18 to 21 -- the Years After High School

Health-Partnering in Late Adolescence

Health-Partnering Tips for Parents

Chapter 2 A Doctor of Their Own

A Unique Set of Health Risks

Building Trust

Talking About Values

A New Role for Parents

Your Teen in the Driver's Seat

Stay with the Pediatrician or Find a New Doctor?

An Office with Teen Appeal

The First Visit

Information Parents Provide

Meeting the Teen

The Doctor-Teen Dialogue

Bringing the Full Team Together

Privacy and Confidentiality

Frequency and Scope of Visits

The Adolescent Checkup

The Physical Examination

Laboratory Tests


Adolescents as Medical Consumers

Overcoming Barriers

A Medical Consumer Prepares

Urgent Symptoms

An Ongoing Relationship

Health-Partnering Tips for Parents

Chapter 3 The Basics: Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep

Health Basic #1: Nutrition

Growth Spurts in Weight and Height

A Healthy Weight Gain

The Nutrients Your Adolescent Needs

Vitamins and Minerals: Via Nature or Supplement?

Nutrition Labels


Vegetarian Teens

Breakfast, a Brilliant Idea

Health-Partnering for Nutrition

Health Basic #2: Exercise

An Epidemic of Obesity

Exercise Can Heighten the Joy of Living

At the Computer, Hours of Sitting Still

At School: More Sitting

Advocating for Improved Physical Education

Three Forms of Fitness

Health-Partnering for Exercise

Health Basic #3: Sleep

Adolescents' Sleep Needs

When Sleep Needs Are Not Met

Healthy Sleep Patterns

When High Schools Wake Up


Sleep Disorders Associated with Excessive Sleep

Health-Partnering for Sleep

Chapter 4 Common Health Problems of Girls and Boys

Illness in Context

The One Best Way to Prevent Illness

How and When to Wash Hands

Washing Hands in School

Washing Hands at Home

Body Odor and Other Hygiene Matters

Hygiene or Style?

Skin and Hair


How to Talk with an Adolescent About Acne

How Does Your Teen Deal with Having Acne?

How Can You Help? Ask Your Child

What to Do About Acne

How Can Acne be Treated?

Dry Skin

Tough Guys in Winter


Contact Dermatitis

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Suntans are "Skinjury"

Piercing and Tattoos

Hair Loss


Vision Testing

Eye Ailments

Eye Care


Oral Health

Dental Caries

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Gum Disease


Braces Pay Off, But You Might Have to Pay

Special Care Protects Braces

When Braces Come Off

The Basics of Oral Care

Helping Your Adolescent Stay Motivated

Respiratory Problems


Sinusitis and Otitis Media





Infectious Mononucleosis

Gut Feelings



Persistent Symptoms and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Promoting Healthy Digestion

Enuresis and Encopresis

Bed-wetting (Enuresis)



Diagnosing Scoliosis


Back Pain

Headaches, Dizziness, Fatigue

Tension Headaches

Migraine Headaches



Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Health-Partnering Tips for Parents

Chapter 5 Health Issues for Your Daughter

The Puberty Experience for Girls

Tanner Stages for Girls, and Related Changes

Learning About the Female Body

Why Your Daughter Needs to Learn How Her Body Works

She Can See for Herself

External Genitalia

Internal Organs

Anatomical Differences Between Adolescent Girls and Women

The Menstrual Cycle: Preparation, Release, Renewal




Some Things About Menstruation Your Daughter Should Know

Pad or Tampon?

Toxic Shock Syndrome and Safe Tampon Use

Menstrual Concerns and Disorders

Cranky and Crampy: Premenstrual Syndrome

Cramps and Dysmenorrhea (Painful Menstruation)

Primary Dysmenorrhea

Treatment of Menstrual Pain

Secondary Dysmenorrhea


Primary Amenorrhea

Secondary Amenorrhea

The Female Athlete Triad

She'll Feel It in Her Bones

Trapped in the Triad

Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding

Vaginal Hygiene and Health

Vaginal Discharge: Signs of Puberty and Ovulation


Bacterial Vaginitis

Yeast Infection

Gardnerella Vaginalis


Urinary Tract (Bladder and Kidney) Infections

Common Infections -- Especially Among Women

Why Urinary Tract Infections Occur

Seek Help Promptly

How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections or Recurrence

Breast Concerns and Disorders

Breast Self-Exam

Visual Inspection

Palpating (Feeling) the Breasts

Her First Gynecologic Exam

Body Image: Help Your Daughter Accept Herself

Health-Partnering Tips for Parents

Chapter 6 Health Issues for Your Son

When Does Puberty Begin?

Tanner Stages for Boys, and Related Changes

How the Male Body Works

The Male Genitalia

Why the Scrotum Contracts and Relaxes

Two Perils of Tight Jeans

Explaining Erections

Wet Dreams

The Myth of "Blue Balls"

Retrograde Ejaculation


The Role of Preseminal Fluid

Testicular Cancer and the Importance of Self-Exams

Testicular Self-Exam

Scrotal Disorders

Testicular Torsion

Warning Signs of Testicular Torsion


Warning Signs of Epididymitis



Inguinal Hernia




When to See a Doctor After Testicular Trauma


Testicular Implant

Underdeveloped Testicles

Penile Hygiene and Disease Prevention

Cleaning Under the Foreskin

Phimosis and Paraphimosis


Symptoms of Balanitis

Tinea Cruris ("Jock Itch")

Penile Disorders

Pink Pearly Papules

Hypospadias and Epispadias




Symptoms of Urethritis


Health-Partnering Tips for Parents

Chapter 7 Coping with Chronic Health Problems

Chronic Health Problems Differ

Health Coping Skills

Adolescent Task #1: To Gain Independence

Levels of Help from a Medical Support Team

Support Groups and Mentors

Baby Steps Add Up

The Urge to Rebel

Independence of Mind

Adolescent Task #2: To Clarify Sexual Identity

An Unseen Disease

The Naked Truth

Visibly Different

Mature Body, Childlike Mind

Adolescent Task #3: To Explore Societal Role and Self-Image

Just Another Set of Habits

Accommodations and Alternatives

Translating Disability into Passion

In the Shadows: Depression and Unsafe Behaviors


Substance Abuse

Risk-Taking Sexual Behavior

Poor Compliance with Health Care

Family Stress

Exploring the Possible


Health-Partnering Tips for Parents




Diabetes Mellitus

Epilepsy (Seizure Disorders)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Chapter 8 Risks and Realities of Teen Sexuality

A Sexualized Culture

The Importance of Parents' Voices

Sexuality: An Integral Part of Life

Adolescents' Sexuality Issues

Gender Identity

A Parent's Perspective

Sexuality and Decision Making

A Parent's Perspective

Forming Healthy Relationships


Staying Busy

Living a Well-Rounded Life


A Parent's Perspective

Sexual Limit Setting

A Parent's Perspective

Sexual Orientation

A Parent's Perspective

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

A Parent's Perspective

STD Symptoms

Some Sexually Transmitted Diseases Your Teen Must Know About


Correct Condom Use

Words That Keep You Safer


A Parent's Perspective

The Most Common Contraceptive Choices for Adolescents

The Morning-After Pill/Emergency Contraception

If Pregnancy Occurs

Health-Partnering Tips for Parents

Chapter 9 No Teen Is Immune: Substance Use and Abuse

Why Adolescents Use

Talking with Teens About Abstaining

Connected Adolescents Abstain or Wait

Not Everyone Is Using

Abstinence versus "Harm Reduction"


Cigarettes as Social Accessory

Effects of Smoking, Now and Later

Bidis, Cigars, and Smokeless Tobacco Are Risky, Too

Quitting the Tobacco Habit

How Parents Can Help

Tobacco as a Gateway Drug


Alcohol and Health

Legal and Lethal: Drinking and Driving

You Don't Have to Stumble

Help for the Adolescent Problem Drinker

Illicit Drugs


Help for the Adolescent Marijuana Smoker


Help for the Adolescent Inhalant User




Help for the Adolescent User of Stimulants

Hallucinogens and Club Drugs






Help for the Adolescent User of Hallucinogens


Help for the Adolescent User of Opiates

Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids

Help for the Adolescent User of Steroids

Signs of Drug and Alcohol Use

Health-Partnering Tips for Parents

Chapter 10 Panic at the Mirror: Teens and Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders and the Hazards of Thinness

The Runaway Body

Rich Fashion Models, Poor Role Models

The Lost Aesthetic of Body Diversity

Family and Peer Pressures

Peers and Community Play a Role

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa: Both Defining and Threatening Life

Diagnosing Anorexia Nervosa

Health Risks of Anorexia Nervosa

Laboratory Tests

Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa

Through Treatment, a New Direction

Bulimia Nervosa

Hidden Rituals

Diagnosing Bulimia Nervosa

Health Risks


Binge-Eating Disorder

Eating Disorders "Not Otherwise Specified"

Overeating to Obesity

Obesity as a Social Hardship

Is It "Baby Fat" or Obesity?

Diets Are a Detour

Reveal Remedies by Identifying the Causes

A Weight-Loss Coach

Reshaping Habits

A Parent's Words

Setting Realistic Goals

Health-Partnering Tips for Parents

Chapter 11 Your Teen's Mental Health

The First Step: Seeing Mental Health in Context

Common Family Stresses

Illness or Death of a Family Member

Parents' Unemployment or Financial Problems

Abusive or Substance-Abusing Parents

Parental Conflict, Separation, or Divorce

Common School Stresses

Overwhelming Academic Demands

Problems with Peers

School Phobia

Common Stresses with Peers


Peer Pressure

Teasing and Bullying


Dating Abuse

Therapies and Therapists

When Adolescents Resist Therapy

Learning Disabilities and Attentional Disorders

Learning Disabilities

Attention Deficit Disorder

Advocating for Your Child at School

Mental Illness in Adolescents

Mood Disorders


Bipolar Disorder



Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Anxiety Disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


Seeking Help

Health-Partnering Tips for Parents

Chapter 12 Preventing Accidents and Injuries

An Urgent Need for Prevention

Conveying the Safety Message

Evading Emergencies

Six E's for Effective Communication with Your Teen

Preventing Sports Injuries

First Step: Get Your Doctor's Go-Ahead

rCheck Out the Game, Gear, and Clothes

Warm Up and Cool Down

Stay Cool

Avoid Steroids and Other Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Safety on the Job

Driving Safety

Hell on Wheels

Learning to Drive

Auto Attitude

Steps for Keeping Your Young Driver Safe

How to Be a Healthy Driver

Car Care and Emergency Preparedness

Family Driving Rules

Violence and Adolescent Life

Seeds of Violence

Protecting Teens

Coping with Injury

Health-Partnering Tips for Parents




Books for Teens (and Their Parents)


Hot Lines and Related Websites


ISBN: 9781416595878
ISBN-10: 1416595872
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 4th February 2003
Publisher: Touchstone