Adolescent Well Visit
Adolescence is a period of major transition and development for our children. Many chronic physical, mental health and substance use conditions first emerge during adolescence. These conditions often increase risky behaviors which may result in harm to self or others.
Adolescents in Transition
According to American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), three out of four adolescents between the age of 12-19 have practiced at least one of these risky behaviors:
- Used or abused alcohol or other substances
- Practiced unprotected sex
- Had poor eating and exercise habits
- Engaged in physically-endangering behaviors
At Virginia Mason we are dedicated to helping your teen be as healthy as they can be. Our adolescent wellness visits cover:
- Physical and emotional wellbeing
- Dietary concerns and eating disorders
- Sexual health and education
You will have time to discuss your teen’s health and any concerns you may have together. If your teen is 13 or older, you may be asked to step out of the exam room for part of the visit.
It is important that we provide your teen with individual time with their provider. This time helps prepare teens to manage their health independently as an adult and gives time to address confidential concerns.
Why Choose Virginia Mason for Adolescent Wellness
Our multidisciplinary team of board certified doctors provide the highest level of care for your teenager. We are focused on listening to your adolescent, creating an environment of trust for honest health conversations.
We understand the toll shifting physical and emotional changes can take on your adolescent's health. We're here to help.
For more information or to schedule an adolescent wellness visit, please call (866) 832-6633.
Patient Privacy, Confidentiality and Your Teen
While we encourage your teen to talk to you about their health, if they are capable of making sound decisions about their health, they have the right, under Washington State Law, to seek medical care for the following conditions, even without your consent:
- Birth control and pregnancy-related treatment
- Mental health conditions (such as depression) and alcohol and drug problems if over age 13
- Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS testing, if over age 14
Your teen’s medical records are private and confidential. Your teen will need to consent to releasing medical information to anyone, including you.
Exception: If the provider determines you teen’s or someone else’s health or well-being is in immediate danger.