Boys into Men: Staying Healthy through the Teen Years

Boys into Men: Staying Healthy through the Teen Years

Boys into Men: Staying Healthy through the Teen Years

Boys into Men: Staying Healthy through the Teen Years

Synopsis

What are the most prevalent sports injuries for male teenagers? How should a guy protect himself from injury or disease while enjoying outdoor activities? Is it normal for a teenager to feel depressed? Answers to these questions and others often asked by adolescent boys can be found in this straightforward guide written specifically for them. Goldstein, a physician who specializes in care for adolescents, provides examples from his own practice to explain the most common ailments of this age group, as well as to provide boys with the choices they can make to help keep themselves healthy.

Arranged topically, each chapter covers a different aspect of mind and body. Readers will discover what physical changes they can expect at their age, as well as the most common physical ailments. They can also find out what psychological changes they may be experiencing and why, along with ways to get help for serious problems like drug and alcohol abuse or suicidal tendencies. The many topics covered include: nutrition, sports, injuries, sexuality, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and cross cultural issues. Written with an emphasis on wellness, advice is given on how to prevent injuries and disease, as well as how to care for one's body through good habits like eating well and getting enough sleep. Boys are encouraged to take care of themselves and to develop open and honest relationships with their physicians to help insure a happy and healthy adolescence.

Excerpt

The question was not uncommon. I had heard it many times. Just as I was about to complete the physical exam of an 18-year-old male patient, the patient turned to me and said, [By the way, I'm leaving for college next week. How can I protect myself from getting a sexually transmitted disease?] He had a specific question, and, as his physician, I should be there to provide the appropriate answers. So, we talked about the methods males may use to avoid contracting these diseases, including knowing your partner, being monogamous, using condoms, and practicing abstinence.

I had cared for this patient since his birth and had helped him acquire the skills to take control of his medical care. During his adolescent years, without the presence of his parents in the room, we had discussed a multitude of issues important to him and other males. He had asked me about his developing body, how tall he would be, how to become more muscular, and why he seemed to have a slight breast development. We had talked about his potential exposure to alcohol and marijuana and how to react when his friends asked him to join in risky behaviors. He also expressed concern about dealing with his parents—especially how he could grow increasingly independent while retaining strong relationships with his family members. The last year of high school, we dealt with the added stress of applying to college. I valued the strength of our doctor/patient relationship, and I looked forward to his continued visits during his college years and for a few years thereafter.

That is the role of a physician who specializes in adolescent medicine. We help adolescents monitor their physical, psychological, and social . . .

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