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Our bodies are an amazing collection of cells and organs that miraculously work together to give us this life we enjoy. We are wonderfully made, and many times we take for granted our good health. So what do we do when our bodies aren’t allowing us to enjoy the things we normally love to do? What happens when we start to feel “off” or “out of it” either from being sick or mentally not being able to function as well?
Hopefully, you have a trusted person in your life you can talk to. A mom, dad, grandparent, friend, or teacher can be a great confidant and someone to hear your concerns and offer a solution. I feel that with this age of social media, everyone wants to try and portray a perfect life.
However, life is messy. For everyone. You may feel like no one would understand what you are feeling or what you are going through. However, there is probably someone else that has been through something similar and would be a good person to talk to.
Another person who wants to help you is your pediatrician. There are normal physical changes that occur as you age and there are normal mental changes that occur, too. As you get older, you have the opportunity to talk to your pediatrician alone if you want to and ask any questions or talk about any concerns that you have been afraid to ask anyone else.
What many teens and preteens do not always know is that when you are talking to a doctor, what you tell them is just between you two. The only time they need to get another person involved is if you give them permission to or if you are planning on hurting yourself or someone else. So that is a lot of topics you can cover if you are too embarrassed to ask someone else!
Lately, there have been so many people of all ages trying to work through their anxiety, sadness, figuring out what is normal with puberty, and trying to figure out causes of why they feel bad. Your parents, loved ones, and doctors are here to help you through this. Then you eventually will have successfully navigated through the problem and can help a friend who is going through something similar after you!
God has made us each with unique strengths and weaknesses and wants us to learn, grow and change during each stage of life! We are not meant to go through this life alone. We are all meant to learn and help each other. It can start with just one person like a parent or friend to confide in when you have questions. Everyone unfortunately does not have all the answers, but together we can help you and each other navigate and enjoy this life and enjoy all the small moments.
Jennifer Adair, M.D., was born and raised in Mobile. She joined Children’s Medical Group in July 2013 and currently practices at their Airport office. Jennifer and her husband, Cory, reside in Mobile with their sons, Finn and James Albert, and their three dogs, Barkley, Fitz, and Roo.