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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Teen Development (Overview)

Teen development refers to the healthy physical and mental maturation that occurs throughout adolescence.


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What about "hypogonadism' and teen development? Delayed?

What about "hypogonadism' and teen development? Delayed?

Around puberty age: Boys who don't have evidence of puberty by age 13-14 should be evaluated by their doctors. A pediatric endocrinologist can help. If boys are known to have hypogonadism for any reason, they will need testosterone supplementation to go thru puberty. Not infrequently, constitutional delay of puberty may also require a jump start with low dose testosterone for some months. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
63 doctors shared insights

Teen Development (Overview)

Teen development refers to the healthy physical and mental maturation that occurs throughout adolescence.


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How important are dairy products and calcium for adolescent development?

How important are dairy products and calcium for adolescent development?

Very!: Kids acquire their peak bone mass during adolescence. To get the most benefit, diet should include enough vitamin d and calcium. Many people are vitamin d insufficient or worse. A daily vitamin and calcium supplements are recommended to those who need it. Sometimes extra vitamin d is given. Please discuss with your doctor to determine if your child is getting enough of these & other nutrients. ...Read more

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Is it possible for adolescent development to cause a depersonalisation feeling?

Is it possible for adolescent development to cause a depersonalisation feeling?

Adolescence does: not cause depersonalization, which is a more severe psychological state than just getting used to the rapid changes brought about by hormones during ones teen years. Adolescence presents with its own challenges, but severe mental states is not one of them. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how important are dairy products and calcium to adolescent development?

Can you tell me how important are dairy products and calcium to adolescent development?

Yes: Very important for musculoskeletal development.The needs for the growing body are large , sometimes requiring extra vitamin and calcium supplements. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an adolescent development problem?

Need More Info: Could be a physical immaturity or an emotional one. Or both. This question needs more information for a better answer. ...Read more

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How do borderline personality disorder and normal adolescent development differ?

How do borderline personality disorder and normal adolescent development differ?

Intensity and issues: Sometimes it can be hard to tell. Both borderlines and adolescents are working on their independence -- but borderlines are working on it from much earlier (like 18-36 months of age). Borderline moods are much more unstable, there is rampant splitting into "all good" ; "all bad, " they may self mutilate and threaten suicide, and they are intensely insecure -- much more than healthy teens. ...Read more

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How do sex and alcohol affect a teen's social development?

How do sex and alcohol affect a teen's social development?

Adversely: Alcohol blunts reflexes and judgement. You can make poor decisions, get into situations and relationships that can be harmful . Sex with multiple partners increases risk of contracting sexually transited diseases. Drinking and partying a lot also does not promote meaningful communication with others...Ie jut talking with others builds friendships..These behaviors can also ruin your reputation ...Read more

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How does peer pressure affect a teen's sexual development?

How does peer pressure affect a teen's sexual development?

Sex and teens: Peer pressure can disrupt a teens normal sexual development if a teen is pressured and gives in to sexual activity before he or she feels comfortable and ready. Sexuality is an important aspect of development and impacts a person's identity, self-worth, self-image, and emotional stability among other areas. It is important to respect your own sexual boundaries as well as others. ...Read more

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How does gaming affect a teens social development?

How does gaming affect a teens social development?

Badly: There is more than enough evidence that gaming, especially violent games, desensitizes people to emotions. It messes with your neurotransmitters, makes you irritable, harder to get along with, and promotes isolation. People, no just teens, need social interaction..Need to be with people, talking, learning how to resolve conflict, developing relationship skills. Media time= 2 hours a day. ...Read more

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What are the different changes in social development that an adolescent undergo?

What are the different changes in social development that an adolescent undergo?

Many: The adolescent brain has not fully developed. Anyone raising teenagers who are convinced that their parents are the worst and craziest people on earth, only to learn differently when they reach their 20's (or sometimes never?), can tell you there is hope. They learn that the world does not revolve entirely around them, that there are things they can still learn, and that others are important. ...Read more

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How does an adolescent masturbation habit affect social development?

How does an adolescent masturbation habit affect social development?

Normal: Essentially all teenaged males masturbate and so do most females. Doing this in private will not enlarge your circle of friends. You'll learn about your mind and body to prepare you for adult roles; varying your technique prepares you for future partners. Only if you're obsessed with erotica to the point of missing out on other things you need to be doing should you seek a doctor's help. ...Read more

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Does muscle development and growth get better in the later teens?

Does muscle development and growth get better in the later teens?

Yes: It is a great disappointment to many early teens that they don't develop lots of muscle mass. While some is genetic, some is conditioning, it is not unusual for young teens to delay real muscle development until later into the teen years and beyond. ...Read more

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Teen age hormonal imbalance 14 year old male questionable masculine development?

Teen age hormonal imbalance  14 year old male questionable masculine development?

Improbable...: I'm not sure what your question is here, but apparently you think you have "hormonal imbalance" at age 14. Of course you do - that is what is normal in the teen years. Nothing is in the right proportions yet, levels change constantly. That's why you have acne, are moody, have wet dreams, voice cracks. Sounds like you are the most normal teen i've heard from this week! ...Read more

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Could moderate drinking damage adolescent brain development?

Could moderate drinking damage adolescent brain development?

Yes: Research shows that alcohol in any amount is toxic to the developing brain of a child or adolescent. ...Read more

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If I take teen girl daily vitamins will it help my development?

If I take teen girl daily vitamins will it help my development?

Vitamins teen girl: Not neccessarily, vitamins are only suplements, if you are not getting enough from the food you eat, it will make up for that.It does not do anything with teenage development.So eat properly all kind of food in a balanced diet and you can suplement with vitamines, but it will not really change your development, but diet may. ...Read more

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I heard that drinking a lot as an adolescent will damage brain development. What about just moderate drinking?

The definition of : "moderate" alcohol consumption is very variable & its effects depend on genetic influences, gender, age at initiation, & pattern of drinking. A "binge", 4 drinks for a female, 5 for a male, is most harmful, as increased degree &/or frequency of hangovers &/or withdrawal predict worse scores on tests of visuospatial processing, sustained attention, learning & memory, working memory, & planning. ...Read more

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Does adolescent drinking have an adverse on brain development?

Does adolescent drinking have an adverse on brain development?

Yes.: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24291291 "behavioral flexibility" (ability to react in different ways to different challenges) appears most compromised. ...Read more

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Does smoking weed slow down the development of a teens frontal cortex?

Does smoking weed slow down the development of a teens frontal cortex?

Unknown: The experiment has never been conducted, and i suggest that you don't try it! marijuana use has many adverse consequences. The risks clearly outweigh the benefits. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Adolescent Development (Definition)

Adolescent development (adolescence) is the normal condition in which children of modern societies transition from childhood to full adulthood, from about age 13 to 18 years. Puberty (the physical changes to become an adult) occurs in adolescence. Adolescence includes ...Read more