When you think of puberty, you think of your teenage years and all the changes that happened to you at that time in your life. Adolescence is a time of significant change and transition.
Even the term “adolescence” may conjure up images of feeling awkward, overly sensitive or rebellious in the face of acne, a first date, growing sexuality, physical changes or adult authority, being halfway between an adult and a child and not knowing where you fit in.
What do you think of when you think of adolescence?
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When does puberty start?
Adolescence, the developmental period between childhood and adulthood, especially between the ages of 10 and 18, can be a difficult journey for some and an easy one for others. Adolescence (puberty) is a very personal process that is different for everyone.
It can be fraught with uncertainty and doubt for young people who experience the anxiety that often accompanies the puberty process. Under normal circumstances, teenagers often learn to adapt and adjust to adulthood during puberty. However, things do not always go as planned.
What elements contribute to puberty?
Problems, often referred to as puberty syndrome, can be caused by either psychological or physical disorders. Growth hormone problems, early or late puberty and physical changes can all contribute to this physically demanding process.
The normal timing of puberty syndrome is crucial as it affects a child’s growth and mental health. If the timing is off (i.E. in case of precocious puberty), a child’s physical, emotional and social well-being can suffer.
Early or late onset of characteristics such as pubic hair growth, height, genital development and menstruation can cause undue anxiety about self-image and interactions with peers.
What should parents do?
It can be evident in psychological changes in adolescents. There are sudden mood swings and erratic behaviour patterns. This is when parental support is crucial.
The adolescent process affects the whole family, not just the child. During this process, it is important not to be stubborn with the teenager and to make them feel that you are on their side. Conflict should be avoided at all costs.
Adolescence is a period of preparation for adulthood. A healthy adolescence can lay the foundations for a healthy future. dengem is here to help you through the challenges of this process.
dengem’s qualified psychologists and psychiatrists work with families and adolescents to address adolescent issues. Do not be afraid to seek help online; do not put off dealing with your difficulties.
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