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Growth and Development, Ages 11 to 14 Years - When to Call a Doctor

Your child's doctor can help you discuss difficult issues with your adolescent if you ever are having trouble doing so on your own. Keep in mind that important subjects, such as sex, should be addressed long before you think your child will face them.

Talk to your child's doctor if you are concerned about your child's health or other issues. For example:

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Call a doctor or a mental health professional if your child develops behavioral problems or signs of mental health problems. Signs may include:

  • Expressing a lack of self-worth.
  • Acting physically aggressive.
  • Dropping out of school or failing classes.
  • Drinking alcohol or using drugs or tobacco.
  • Having serious relationship problems with friends and family that affect home or school life.
  • Showing signs of depression, such as a lack of interest in normal activities and withdrawing from others.
  • Regularly experiencing severe mood swings, such as being happy and excited one minute and sad the next.

Also be aware that these problems can sometimes be warning signs of suicide.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: August 09, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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