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Adolescence is a time of experimentation. Emerging cognitive abilities and social experiences lead adolescents to question adult values and experiment with high-risk behaviors. Some of these threaten current health while others may have long-term consequences. Sensitive attention to these aspects of the adolescent behavioral history leads us to detect early departures from the normative behavior. Obtaining a history with full awareness of the delicate balance between the teenagers’ need for privacy and the parents’ concern for supervision is one of our areas of expertise. Counseling is a valuable tool to prevent communication problems from becoming behavioral and emotional problems. Depression is common in this age group and it must be distinguished from normal adolescent reactions. 

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