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Questions, Answers and Resources for Teens
Use this resource for questions regarding your health, your relationships, your body and your sexuality.
While this site is informative, it is not a substitute for talking to your doctor, parents or other trusted adult.
Posted By iamincontrol | May 1, 2014
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Posted By iamincontrol | October 30, 2014
Growing up is tough. There are so many experiences and changes you face throughout middle and high school. Some big changes that arise have to do with your sexual health. (If you aren’t quite sure what we mean by “sexual health,” the Act Together For Youth page on What is Sexual Health? may be able to help.)
When you have a question about sexual health, where do you go? The first thing you may do is pick up your phone or use your computer to look up the answer on the Internet. The Internet does have a few reliable and helpful websites, but it is not always the same as talking to someone about your question.
Who is the person in your life that you can ask questions about sexual health? Friends/peers may be the first people that you go to, but they may not be very knowledgeable on the subject. They may be wondering the same thing as you. One of the best people you can talk to, besides a family physician or nurse, would be a parent or trusted adult in your life. Some teens are already close to a parent or trusted adult and have established a relationship where open conversation is easy. That is a great relationship to have. Other teens do not that have relationship with a parent or trusted adult at all, but it’s never too late to establish one.
Posted By iamincontrol | October 23, 2014
When I was in high school I had two jobs, and to be honest I made quite a bit of money. However, while still in high school, I was very privileged by my parents bill-wise. I did not pay anything. So I mostly spent my money on stupid things like getting my nails done, tanning, getting my hair done, eating fast food, going to expensive places with my friends and buying expensive purses or electronics that I did not need. I was also very privileged in the sense that my grandparents and parents bought my car as well as put money in a savings account for me for college. When I left to start college, all my incoming money came to a halt.
Posted By iamincontrol | October 21, 2014
I developed an eating disorder in high school. It didn’t happen right away, but gradually during my first semester. I had just transferred schools. I had always been pretty active, but I noticed myself working out a lot more than usual. I was so busy with homework, tests, and adjusting to my new school and life that I really didn’t think anything of it.
After being at school for a few weeks, my family started to notice me slimming down. They complimented me on my hard work and becoming more interested in my health. It wasn’t long before that planted a seed in my brain that if I was going to work on my health, I would need to start eating healthy foods too.
That’s when everything went downhill. I started keeping track of everything I ate. I was so obsessed that I used a calorie counter app on my phone so I could record my meals to know how many calories I was consuming. I gradually started cutting back on my meals to see how low I could get my calories to be that day. I would also record how much I would work out and be able to see how many calories I would burn. I never went in public to exercise.
Posted By iamincontrol | October 7, 2014
Last month we asked you guys:
Do you have a credit card?
You guys strongly related to “I don’t have one yet, but I’m going to get one as soon as I can.“
Credit cards can have benefits if you understand and are experienced with them, but they can be dangerous too. It’s easy to overspend, and Rachael’s story below perfectly illustrates that. Read on to learn how she got into (and then out of) credit card debt.
Posted By iamincontrol | September 30, 2014
In 4th grade, my aunt told me a story about a relative who almost died choking on a food item. Not only was I terrified, but I started to think that I might die if I ate solid foods. From that day, I quit eating anything solid. I only ate ice cream, soup broth, milk, and water. During school, I would get my lunch tray filled with food, but pass the items to other students. At home, I wouldn’t eat and told my parents that I was not hungry.
One day at school they were serving one of my favorite desserts, a granola bar with chocolate frosting. I picked it apart to get smaller pieces. As I tried to eat, I spit the item back out and ran to the nurse’s office. I thought a piece of granola got caught in my throat. This probably only lasted 3-4 weeks, but it got so bad that my parents were going to take me to the hospital. When my mom told me that I would have to be stuck with needles and have tubes down my throat for me to get nutrition, I got more scared. As a kid, I was terrified of needles, and I was even more afraid of needles than I was of choking.