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Adolescent Young Adult Medicine is a board-certified medical specialty.  Specialists in this field may have a primary medical background in Pediatrics, Family Medicine, or Internal Medicine that they merge with their expertise in physical, emotional, and social developmental changes, and especially any challenges, experienced by adolescents and young adults.  Our specialists utilize a model of positive youth development to engage patients where they are in health promotion, prevention, and treatment.

Our specialists enjoy working with adolescents and young adults as they navigate the complex developmental stages necessary on the road to independence and adulthood.  Pre-teens and adolescents are experiencing rapid growth and change, while also dealing with new social and academic challenges.  We are here to help as they eagerly strive for more independence, yet still need a safe space and supportive environment.  Young adults in college and the work force are experiencing an exciting and complicated stage of transition in life.  We are uniquely trained to assist with these stressors and health concerns as they affect a young adult’s life.

Adolescent Young Adult Medicine is a collaborative field of health care.  Our specialists work as a team with psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other medical professionals, to achieve the best quality care and support for the health of young people.

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The adolescent medicine department welcomes phone calls to 937- 641-3855 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling central scheduling at 937-641-4000

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Heather Stewart, MD, FAAP, Medical Director

adolescent young adult medicine
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conditions we treat

anxiety

Anxiety makes someone want to escape the situation — fast. Typical childhood fears change with age. If anxious feelings persist, they can take a toll on a child's sense of well-being and may require additional therapy.

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depression

Depression is the most common mental health problem in the United States. When a depressive state, or mood, lingers for a long time — weeks, months, or even longer — and limits a person's ability to function normally, it can be diagnosed as depression.

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ADHD

ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects about 10 percent of school-age children. Kids with ADHD act without thinking, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. They may understand what's expected of them but have trouble following through because they can't sit still, pay attention, or focus on details.

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feelings and emotions

Learn about the normal feelings and emotions of childhood and adolescence.

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post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Kids and teens who live through a traumatic event can develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Healing is possible with the help of professional counseling and support from loved ones.

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sexual orientation

During the teen years, sexual feelings are awakened in new ways because of the hormonal and physical changes of puberty. It takes time for many kids to understand who they are and who they're becoming. Part of that understanding includes a person's sexual feelings and attractions.

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services and programs

Learn more about the services and programs offered by the adolescent and young adult medicine program at Dayton Children's.

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reproductive wellness and evaluation

Our adolescent young adult medicine specialists evaluate and treat a variety of non-surgical gynecological concerns and contraceptive needs.

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your visit

Learn more about what to expect during your visit to the adolescent and young adult medicine clinic.

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additional resources

Visit our additional resources page for articles related to mental, emotional and sexual health.

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