Comprehensive Medical Services for Adolescents and Young Adults
The board-certified specialists at Loyola Medicine offer a full range of adolescent medicine services for patients ages 12 to 29. We treat a full range of medical, developmental and mental health conditions that are common among adolescents and young adults, including:
- Anxiety disorders
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Concentration problems
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia
- Excessive exercise
- Excessive hair growth
- Gynecologic conditions
- Heart conditions
- Hormone problems
- Menstrual problems, including amenorrhea
- Pain syndromes
- School problems
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Social isolation
- Somatoform disorders
Loyola’s doctors help diagnose and manage some “risk-taking” behaviors, including substance abuse and sexual behaviors, that can result in unintended health consequences.
Loyola’s experienced doctors understand the development needs that are unique to adolescents, and our approach puts the family at the center of care. We will take the time to listen carefully to you, your son or daughter and other family members, getting a complete picture of any problem. We will consider the unique environment that you and child live in: home life, school, community and peer group. We know that treatment is much more likely to succeed if you or your teen can rely on the support of family and peers.
To achieve the best possible results, we will work as an integrated team with you, your family and Loyola pediatricians, psychologists and social workers. We also partner with professionals in the community, including therapists, school counselors and nurses.
Most of the patients we see are referred by a primary care physician, pediatrician or another specialist. We maintain constant contact with your referring physician and will offer updates about treatment, follow-up and progress toward recovery.
Why Choose Loyola for Adolescent Medicine?
Loyola is committed to the compassionate diagnosis and comprehensive care of adolescent and young adult patients. Loyola’s adolescent medicine team is specially trained in the treatment of this age group and provides care in a compassionate, family-friendly environment. Our specialists are at the forefront of medicine and are actively pursuing new research.
We want you to feel comfortable asking any questions you may have about your child’s condition or treatment options. Your child’s healthcare team will address all of your concerns and make your child’s care our No. 1 priority.
Our doctors work closely with other experienced Loyola specialists and pediatric subspecialists, including those in:
- Bariatric medicine
- Sports medicine
Loyola provides many health education talks at schools and community events. We also hold educational sessions for medical professionals about promoting adolescent health.
At Loyola, we understand the importance of continuity of care and will provide seamless communication with your child’s pediatrician through our secure medical information portal, Loyola Connect. You can also access results from your child’s lab tests and evaluations through myLoyola.
What Treatment is Available for Adolescent Medicine?
Loyola provides comprehensive treatment options for adolescents and young adults, keeping in mind their unique medical and emotional needs. We treat the cause of your teen’s problems, using a combination of medication and therapy. For certain mental conditions, we will work closely with psychiatry and psychology specialists when necessary for extra consultation.
- Family therapy
- Gender and sexual identity counseling
- Individual and group counseling
- Nutritional counseling
- Outpatient psychiatric and medical care
- Pregnancy testing
- Psychological case management
- Substance abuse prevention and treatment
- Weight management programs
Comprehensive Health Programs for Adolescents and Young Adults
- Child and Teen Weight Loss and Control Program — Loyola is committed to helping reduce obesity among children and teens. Our child and teen weight loss and control program can help your adolescent son or daughter in dealing with a weight disorder. We will work to help your child lose weight, improve his or her diet and increase self-esteem. Children and adolescents normally enter this program through a referral by a primary care physician or pediatrician.
- Sports Medicine Program — The sports medicine program at Loyola focuses on helping athletes of all ages prevent and recover from sports-related injuries. We use advanced 3-D mapping technology to screen how athletes play, watching for potentially harmful motion mechanics. Our sports medicine doctors also offer individualized, confidential sports physicals and can provide releases for young athletes to start a school sport.