Adolescence is a time of significant life transitions, physical changes, emotional and intellectual demands as well as the added pressures of being a modern-day teenager, e.g. pressures of social media looming large in the teenage consciousness. As well as the physical development that occurs during this time, adolescents are also developing emotionally and intellectually, as they seek their independence and individual identity. The changes that occur during this time can manifest in behaviours that can be challenging and hard to understand, leaving parents feeling unsure as to what is part and parcel of typical adolescent behaviour and what may cause more concern. Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference.


If you are concerned about your child, we recommend that you and your child speak to a GP or a health professional for a correct diagnosis and to decide which approach to treatment is best for him or her.


Spunout.ie is a web based initiative for young people aged 17-24. It provides young people with access to information, support and resources to lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.

The health and lifestyle section of the website provides young people with information on a wide range of health and personal issues as well as signposting services that young people may need to access to get advice assistance and support. In 2006 spunout.ie won an HSE Innovation award and with the continued support of the HSE is expanding its operations to meet the emerging health information needs of Ireland's young people.

Spunout.ie also has a section on young people's health.

Useful Links


Barnardos' website has information and resources for both teenagers and parents. The resources for teenagers include useful links to other supports.  



Jigsaw is a national organisation aimed at providing guidance and support for young people who are going through a difficult or distressing time. They also provide advice and guidance for anyone who is concerned about a young person in their life. To understand how depression and other mental health issues can manifest in adolescence, click here for more information from Jigsaw. 


Nutrition for Teens

Information and education on healthy eating for growing teens.


Please be advised that we do not take any responsibility for the content of the websites or documents referenced on this page, or information that you may receive from them. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP.