Writes of Passage
Welcome to Writes of Passage, a blog written for adolescents, young adults, and the people who care about them. This blog is dedicated to safe transitions, surviving adolescence, and promoting health and happiness on the path to adulthood.
I will tell you the moral of the story before I even start the story: Just because a medication is sold over-the-counter, does not mean it’s always safe. There, feel free to skip the rest of the blog (although I hope you stick around to learn a pearl of wisdom).
For those of you still here, let me tell you a story or 2 (or 3).
Breakfast gets missed in the rush of school mornings for many sleepy teens.
Here are a few quick breakfast ideas for growing teens that may make your mornings more pleasant:
“I don’t need to be tested for STDs, I only date other girls,” is a statement I hear at least once a week in clinic from an adolescent or young adult female. There are lots of statistics, clinical practice guidelines, and overall medical attention surrounding health consequences of men who have sex with men, but what about these patients? Don’t the ladies deserve some attention?
September is National Suicide Prevention Month (this year’s hashtags are #SuicidePrevention and #StigmaFree if you want to check out social media to find events going on in your area). This blog already discussed one media sensation about suicide, the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why. You may think that one media juggernaut dealing with suicide is enough, but you would be wrong. Enter the Broadway musical.
Think about some of your favorite movies. Were the characters smoking in these movies? Why would I ask such a weird question? Here’s an interesting relationship to ponder: does exposure to smoking in our media lead to increased probability of picking up the habit? The Surgeon General, many researchers, and the leading health organizations say that, for impressionable adolescents, it does.