Adolescent Health Specialist

The Medical Place Family Practice

Family Medicine located in West Columbia, SC

Teens are often hesitant to talk about their health issues, making your job as their parent even more challenging. It’s helpful to have a physician who can communicate with your teen. Family Medicine Specialist Dr. Tasha M. Boone manages your adolescent’s most sensitive health issues with expertise and compassion. For an experienced adolescent healthcare provider, call The Medical Place Family Practice in West Columbia, South Carolina or book your child’s appointment online today.

Adolescent Health Q & A

What is adolescent health?

Adolescence refers to the challenging transition from childhood to adulthood. Typically, this stage of life spans from age 12 to 18, but it can begin as young as age nine. Although adolescent health is a part of pediatrics, this phase comes with unique issues and requires a distinct approach.

Physical and emotional changes can make this a confusing time for the adolescent. With the onset of puberty, young patients receive a thorough physical exam, while continuing care addresses both their emotional and mental health, as well as their physical development.

How does adolescent healthcare differ from other primary care?

Often, bad habits that lead to future chronic disease begin in adolescence. Common issues such as poor diet or lack of exercise need to be addressed early.

Adolescent healthcare also requires skill and training in dealing with specific issues, such as:

  • Puberty
  • Menstruation
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Teen STDs
  • Skin conditions
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Obesity
  • Stress  
  • Healthy relationships
  • Safety issues

Although mood swings due to hormonal changes are common during adolescence, proper healthcare also includes recognizing the more severe signs of clinical depression and other mental disorders.

How does a family medicine physician approach adolescent health?

Since each adolescent develops at a different rate, Dr. Boone evaluates her young patients’ ability to understand the long-term consequences of their individual health choices.

As a family physician, she can counsel your child about taking unhealthy risks. Dr. Boone communicates clearly with teens in ways they can understand. When needed, Dr. Boone educates your teen or pre-teen about alcohol, drugs, sex, and other age-appropriate topics. She encourages honesty from her patients while allowing them to ask questions or discuss confusing and personal issues.

At the same time, Dr. Boone’s approach is family-focused, so that parents become partners with her in guiding the adolescent toward a healthy lifestyle. She understands the challenges of keeping parents involved while maintaining the patient’s confidentiality and carefully balances these aspects of adolescent health care.

With Dr. Boone as their primary care physician, your child can remain under her care after adolescence, making a smooth transition into young adulthood. Call The Medical Place Family Practice or book an appointment online today.