Adolescence is a crucial period with marked physical, emotional, and intellectual changes, as well as changes in social roles, relationships and expectations. All of these are important for the development of the individual and provide the foundation for adulthood. Establishing healthy behavior is a vital part of this foundation.

Adolescents and young adults include age 10-24 years in three developmental stages:

  • Early adolescence (10-14 years of age)
  • Middle adolescence (15-17 years of age)
  • Later adolescence and young adulthood (18-24 years of age)

When Should the Teen in Your Life Go to the Doctor?

Teens experience many changes, from physical and emotional changes to social roles and relationship changes. Creating healthy behaviors early on will play an important role into adulthood. How do you know if something is healthy or not? Talking to your doctor is a great start. Call your doctor and schedule (you and) your teen a well visit!