Information For Teens And Young Adults Take Control of Your Health In Ten Easy Steps
Information For Teens And Young Adults
Take Control Of Your Health In Ten Easy Steps
- Make sure you have a good, basic understanding of your disability.
- Keep a record of your medical history: conditions, dates of operations, treatments, names of doctors, their recommendations, etc. If your parents have already started a record for you, you can add to it.
- Make your own medical appointments and order your own supplies.
- Practice anticipatory appointment setting. If you start to feel sick, make an appointment with your doctor for a few days later. That way, if you do become sick, you won't have to wait for your appointment. But if you get better before your scheduled appointment, be sure to cancel the appointment right away!
- Insist that your health care team members talk to you about your results. Ask the team to communicate among themselves so they don't give you mixed or confusing information.
- If you're female, find a physician who understands the needs and concerns of women with your disability.
- As your body changes, make changes in your diet. Keep an appropriate weight for your mobility and general health.
- Develop an exercise pattern for yourself.
- Get involved in sports. They'll help you stay physically fit, and give you a chance to socialize with new friends.
- Take good care of your mental health. Take time for hobbies, movies, shopping, and other things you enjoy. Ask your health professionals for more information on topics related to mental health, such as self-esteem, confidence, depression, and sexuality.