Children's of Mississippi's adolescent medicine program, led by a physician certified in adolescent medicine, provides medical care for unmarried teenage patients. Initial appointments are scheduled for patients ages 13-17. Follow-up appointments may be scheduled up to age 21.
Physical health problems occurring during adolescence can often complicate development. Illness, injury, treatments, hospitalization and surgery can all intensify concerns about physical appearance, interfere with independence and disrupt changing relationships with parents and friends. Also, adolescent developmental issues may complicate a teen's ability to cope with illness and response to treatment.
Chronic illness or disability occurs in an estimated 10 percent of individuals under the age of 17. While some have to cope with additional physical and mental disabilities as a result of their primary illness, all patients have to deal with the psychological consequences of their condition. Our physicians specialize in compassionate, comprehensive care for all ages, including adolescents and young adults.
- Growth and development
- Female puberty
- Male puberty
- Acute and chronic medical conditions
- Sports-related injuries
- Reproductive health issues
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Individual and family counseling
- School and learning problems
- Substance abuse