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What Factors Affect Physical Development In Adolescence
Adolescence: Typically folks talk about adolescence in terms of physical and cognitive (how your brain thinks) development. There are many stages but if someones body is starting to become more adult like they are at the beginning of adolescence. Some people think that the brain development part complete until a person is in his/her mid 20s. ...Read more
Puberty: As adolescence is generally when individuals go through puberty - the physical body changes are a result of changing hormonal environment. The details depend on whether we're talking about a male or female. Follow this link for those details: http://www.medicinenet.com/puberty/page2.htm#what_are_the_physical_changes_of_puberty_in_girls_and_boys ...Read more
Puberty and growth: Girls will start their growth spurt earlier than boys, but growth in height, once begun will not be faster depending on gender. Boys can keep getting taller throughout adolescence and young adulthood. Girls generally don't grow very much taller once they get their first period. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hopefully daily: After 18 and out of high school many begin to develop confidence. Confidence iw built on successes and self esteem. Suggest a success journl...A journal that the teen daily outs in 3-10 things that went well that day.They can be small. When having a bad day look at the successes that have been occurring and it helps. A therapist who is good in cognitive behavior therapy can also be very helpful. ...Read more
Growth: Generally speaking yes this is true. Adolescent male hit their peak growth velocity between 15-18 years of age. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Yes: Metabolism is high during adolescence as body is growing and different organ system are maturing. ...Read more
Same as for all ages: Adolescents should receive the same nutrition as adults and younger children. The goal is daily fruits/veggies, lean protein, and calcium containing products. Adolescent females often need more calcium intake then adults (aim for about 1000mg daily). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Adolescence: In males--- testosterones rise causing--- deepening of male voice, male hair distribution and muscle hyper trophy and height growth spurt. In females--- it's fsh and lh stimulating activation of ovaries and rise in Estrogens and progesterones. This leads to breast growth, monthly periods and smoother- softer skin. Both males and females also suffer from acne under hormonal influence. ...Read more
Many issues: Certainly marijuana use can interfere with hormonal development and brain development. However, in my opinion, the biggest risk is that teens who smoke pot often move on to more significant drug use with other illicit drugs. There is also a higher risk of death/injury due to accidents. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Regression: Adolescents face at least two complicated developmental hurdles, including 1) following a strong need to establish independence, while still greatly needing their parents' support, and 2) learning to master powerful feelings around identity formation, sexuality, dependency, and intimacy, just to name a few. The rigors of these changes can at times be overwhelming for both adolescents and parents! ...Read more
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