Adolescent Clinic

A day comes in every parents' life when there is a sudden realization — "My child is no longer a kid". There is joy and there is apprehension.

Adolescence is a developmental period during which dependent children grow into independent adults. This period usually begins at about age 10 years and lasts till about 19 years of age. During adolescence, children undergo striking physical, intellectual and emotional growth. Navigating adolescents through this period is a challenge.

This transition period can bring issues related to independence, self-identity, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, social life, conflicts with parents, peers and academic pressure and suicidal tendencies.

This is a crucial period of rapid growth physically and mentally and the best time to target and implement corrective measures.

Ideally, teens should have a physical and mental screening or check up once a year.

Adolescent Clinic at Ramaiah Memorial Hospital provides comprehensive primary and speciality care to youth between ages 11 to 18.

The clinic comprises a team of  dedicated physicians  who are experienced in treating adolescence‐related medical issues. The in-house psychologist  assesses and administers standardised tests as well as therapies and counselling for young patients.

Tips for parents

Here are some signs to watch out in your adolescents.


  • Seeming down, feeling things are hopeless, being tearful or lack motivation
  • Having trouble coping with everyday activities
  • Showing sudden changes in behaviour for no obvious reason
  • Having trouble eating and sleeping
  • Dropping in school performance or suddenly refusing to go to school
  • Avoiding friends or social contact
  • Complaining physical pain - headache, tummy ache, back ache
  • Being aggressive or antisocial - missing school, getting into trouble with others
  • Being anxious about weight or physical appearances - losing weight or failing to gain weight

If any of these signs persist for more than two or three weeks, the family members should seek professional help at the earliest.

Check your teenager's growth, nutrition, immunization and medical wellbeing periodically. Do consult adolescent services for routine checkups.

Some of the things we can help Adolescents with:

  • Growth issues and monitoring
  • Adolescent immunisations
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Obesity
  • Medical chronic problems - epilepsy, asthma etc.
  • Eating disorders
  • Pre‐sports participation evaluation
  • Behavioral problems
  • Poor school performance
  • Self-esteem
  • Anger management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Lifeskills

Who works in the program?

A multidisciplinary team of specialists including

  • Adolescent physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Counsellors
  • Dieticians
  • Physiotherapists

How does the Program work?

Parents attend an initial appointment where background information is collected. The team will assess the needs of the adolescent and the family, and determine whether Adolescent Services Unit (ASU) is the most appropriate service.

Referrals to other services may be recommended.

Counselling is done individually and feedback is provided to parents.

ASU develops an individualised plan for each session and provides interventions.

Specialists

  • Dr Chandrika Rao
  • Dr Somashekar A R
  • Mrs Sujatha Jagadeesh

Venue

ADOLESCENT - OPD
(Paediatric Dept) 1st Floor Ramaiah Memorial Hospital

Timings

Tue: 2 pm - 4 pm

Fri: 2 pm - 4 pm

Sat: 9 am - 1 pm

Contact

080-22183050

Confidentiality

The Adolescent Services Unit (ASU) is confidential. The primary client is the young person and all information will be kept confidential and in accordance with our privacy guidelines.