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Caring for your teen

As your child ages, their physical, mental, and social being changes.  Optum is here to help by providing extra support, education and resources for them.

Our experts in adolescent medicine are here to guide and treat patients through sexual and neural development, as well as all of the emotions and pressures that come with autonomy, relationships and entering society as an adult.

Teenagers and adolescent medicine

As children outgrow pediatrics, it’s important to make sure there isn’t a gap in their care. While teens can continue seeing their general pediatrician until turning 21, many feel more comfortable in a medical environment suited to their emerging needs and maturity.

The practice of adolescent medicine was created to address age specific health issues and provide the guidance and reassurance to help adolescents and young adults make the best decisions for their health.

To schedule a visit with an Optum provider of adolescent medicine, visit our providers page.

Specialists in adolescent medicine focus on the following diseases or issues, but are not limited to: 

  • Acne (working with  dermatologists who treat adolescents)
  • Birth control (access to prescription or non-prescription contraceptive methods)
  • Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa (working with nutritionists and dietitians, and also specialists in pediatric mental health counseling, clinical psychology and pediatric psychiatry, who work with adolescents)
  • Delayed or precocious puberty (often working with specialists in pediatric endocrinology, urology, and gynecology)
  • Menstrual disorders (such as amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea and dysfunctional uterine bleeding)
  • Certain mental illnesses including anxiety disorders, major depression, thoughts of suicide, bipolar disorder, and certain types of schizophrenia; working  in concert with mental health counselors, clinical psychologists, and  psychiatrists
  • Substance abuse
  • Sexual activity (such as sexual intercourse and sexual abuse)
  • Sexually transmitted disease (working with specialists in pediatric endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology, immunology,  infectious diseases,  urology and reproductive medicine)
  • Unintended pregnancy (working with specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, especially in neonatology and maternal-fetal medicine; many adolescent pregnancies – though not all – are medically risky or high-risk cases)

Medical care and treatment

From age-related preventive care to life-changing acute and chronic illnesses and conditions, Optum’s adolescent specialists are specially trained to treat teens with ongoing support. Patients that we  treat often are:

  • Older teens who have physical or developmental challenges. We offer special support in confronting their unique challenges as they begin the transition to adulthood.
  • Children who have a chronic disease. Long lasting diseases like diabetes or immune system disorders are difficult for anyone. We collaborate with existing and additional specialists to bridge the gap from pediatric to adult primary care.

Coping with illness as a young adult is especially challenging. We can help your child to stick  to treatment plans and deal with the physical, mental and social stresses of chronic illness.

To schedule a visit with an Optum provider of adolescent medicine, visit our providers page.