During a routine medical history for a teen, the health professional may ask questions about alcohol, cigarettes, inhalants, and drug use. The health professional may want to talk with the teen alone to obtain accurate information. Unless the teen reports being harmed by someone or threatens to harm someone else, the health professional will likely keep the information confidential.
A good medical history for a teen suspected of using substances includes information about which substances are being used, the quantity and frequency of use, and the setting for use.
The health professional may begin by asking your teen about substance use among his or her friends. Some questions might be:
Some questions might be:
It is also important to find out the teen's attitude toward alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. Questions may include:
The health professional will also ask about stress at home. Questions might include:
The health professional will ask questions to see if the teen needs to be evaluated for psychiatric conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or long-term depressed mood (dysthymic disorder). The health professional may also ask questions about physical or sexual abuse.
Questions about school and other issues might include the following:
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