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Eating disorders at puberty.

Many overweight children grow taller as they approach puberty and invariably slim down. Some adolescents, however, do overeat all the wrong foods, that in many cases due to a need to comfort eat to compensate for negative feelings and emotions.  Being overweight, can lead to low self esteem and the comfort eating may be in part […]

Chronic Fatigue in puberty.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has become more common in teenagers in recent years. This is partly due to it being recognised more by the medical profession, but also because CFS is on the increase in all society.  Chronic Fatigue is a breakdown of the immune and nervous system, where the person is literally too exhausted […]

Mood swings and depression in puberty.

Mood swings are typical at adolescence and most teenagers at some point will fluctuate between feeling of deep joy and happiness followed by despondency and misery or intense anger. These powerful emotions are part of adolescence as the teenager opens up to the possibility of new ways of being related to others. Most teenagers learn […]

Teenage acne.

Many teenagers develop acne at puberty due to hormonal changes that cause an increase in sebum production. This excess oily secretion leads to blocked pores that result in spots and pimples, many of which become infected, leading to larger eruptions. Acne occurs mainly on the face, but also on the neck, shoulders and back. It […]