Year: 2014 Source: Deutsch Arzteblatt International.(2013):110(25):432Ð440.doi: 10.3238/arztebl.2013.0432 SIEC No: 20140291

Puberty brings on many biological, mental, and social changes. In this phase of life, the prevalence of serious mental disorders is about 10%. In routine check-ups and medical office visits, particular attention should be paid to the possibility of a mental disorder. Special outpatient clinics for adolescents can help more young people avail themselves of the existing preventive and therapeutic measures. Early diagnosis and treatment may prevent mental disorders in adulthood and foster age-appropriate development.

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