Change and transition is a normal part of being a teen. Adolescence is a time of physical maturity, developing sexuality, powerful emotions and rapid changes in ways of thinking. Even perfectly healthy teens can have a hard time coping, especially when you consider the changes that are occurring in their body and minds. At the same time, the additional pressures and stressors at school or at home, combined with the added dynamics of growing up, can complicate life.
We understand that teens may be affected by the same conditions and health problems that occur in young children or even adults, but there are distinct challenges to their healthcare. Children's Hospital Colorado offers a full range of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare to teenagers with both physical and emotional problems.
We are growing to better meet the needs of all adolescents, their parents and their primary care providers within the Rocky Mountain region. The Adolescent Medicine Program at Children's Colorado was established in 1984, and continues to provide excellent outpatient and inpatient adolescent healthcare services and customized treatment plans for each teen we see.
Why choose Children’s Colorado for teen health issues?
At Children's Colorado, we know that teens deserve special attention. Our team members include board-certified specialists in the field of adolescent medicine who know that treatments geared towards children, or even adults, are not always right for teens. It takes a special approach, including training and expertise in all aspects of teen health – physical, emotional, mental and sexual – to provide the best care possible for your adolescent.
The multidisciplinary Adolescent Medicine team at Children’s Colorado works closely with other specialists in the hospital to ensure your teen is not only receiving the best care possible, but that treatment is tailored specifically for their needs.
Some examples of typical patients we see include:
- Young women with menstrual problems; including not having a period, or having irregular, painful or heavy periods. Our experts can help diagnose and treat medical conditions that cause these symptoms.
- Teens that are unable to focus at school, or are getting into trouble with school authority figures
- Adolescents who are not gaining weight, expressing concerns regarding weight gain, or may have an eating disorder
- Teens with stomach pain who have seen other experts and are not getting better
- Teens with fatigue and dizziness who have missed over two weeks of school
- Adolescents who have falling grades, some symptoms of depression or are withdrawing socially
- Young adults who are experiencing increasing anxiety
We offer the following teen health services:
- Primary care for teens and young adults
- Support and medical services for gender-diverse individuals
At the TRUE Center for Gender Diversity, our multidisciplinary team of pediatric endocrinologists, psychologists, nurses and social workers guide you and your family along your journey of coming to terms with your gender identity and transitioning. Services include medical services like hormone therapy and puberty blocking, as well as support services like referrals and consultations.
- Sports participation physicals
- Adolescent gynecology and reproductive health
The Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Team at Children's Hospital Colorado is a multidisciplinary team of pediatricians and gynecologists with expertise in a wide array of adolescent gynecology disorders and the management of teen pregnancy. Services include routine gynecological care, birth control counseling, and diagnosis and treatment of menstrual problems and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- Adolescent family planning clinic
The adolescent family clinic provides STI testing, pregnancy testing, and wellness exams. Free and confidential birth control services, including condoms and Plan B®, are available for anyone between ages of 12 to 24.
- Eating disorder, nutrition and weight management services
- Eating Disorders – The Eating Disorders Program at Children's Colorado is recognized nationally for the management of complicated cases of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
- Nutrition –treatment of nutrition problems specific to teens, including proper sports nutrition
- Weight Management –treatment of obesity and related problems such as diabetes, metabolism conditions, cardiac problems and lifestyle influences
- Behavioral and developmental health services
Learning and development disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), are evaluated, treated and managed with consideration of a teen’s active and social lifestyle.
- Mental health services
The Adolescent Medicine team at Children's Hospital Colorado works closely with the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department when necessary to add extra consultation from experts in treating mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies and bipolar or other mood disorders.
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Children's Colorado in the news
Eric Sigel, MD, adolescent medicine, was interviewed on the new research he led that looks into how access to guns among adolescents is an indicator of more mental health issues and violent behavior. "We've made great progress in terms of deaths from motor vehicle accidents. However, death by firearm, those rates really haven't changed. And in fact, the last year of data available in 2015 showed a bit of an increase in the highest rate of death from firearms since 2008. So it really is a critical, critical problem," said Sigel.