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Wed, 27th August 2014
 

Feeling shy and embarrassed when mixing with others is an eternal teenage challenge. "I feel awkward...can't think of anything to say...am being constantly over-talked by another loud mouth that has no problem...I get stuck for words half way through specially if people start looking at me? These words echo around the social swirl of teenagers, male and female.

Answer

Is there a simple answer? Although it's now often called "teenage social phobia", medication is not needed for majority. During the teens, the hormonal system is undergoing enormous activity. Production waxes and wanes, and gets jumbled up with other nervous system issues. Often, fitting into the family circle with sibling rivalry is also present, but may be even worse is if there is only one child.

Challenges

The challenge seems unending. Bright kids are often quiet kids that do not circulate too well, and often stick to themselves or feel disadvantaged when thrown amongst their peer group. There is always (it seems) some body who is quicker, brighter, more achieving, more outgoing. But basic interventions can often help. Keep telling yourself that you are as good as the other fellow, probably much better. Reinforce this idea onto your subconscious brain. Best time is at bedtime. Look onto the inner screen of your minds eye, as you doze off. See yourself succeeding, academically, in sports or any other achievement.

Inherit Skills

Most are born with some inbuilt skill, peculiar to an individual. Find this, encourage it, and work hard. It may be music, painting, singing, sports, learning, recalling, reciting, IT skills, acting, writing. There is always room. Move over the other guy, move in "you". Also, hone your skills in communication. Try and keep abreast of current events. Sports is always big with teenagers, whatever kind, whatever the age. Try and become skilled in at least one.

Listen

Listen to current talk so you can move in on conversations. This is often a great boy-girl relationship maker, an ice breaker, and will propel you into centre stage when you may suddenly find you can cope, or even take over. Listen to your peers, discuss, argue. Answer back. It all takes time to achieve, but the more you try, the greater the focus on your specific skills. Some adolescents may benefit from counseling, usually unnecessary and most do well, specially with the passing of time and the inbuilt chemical factory settles down. You will succeed.

 
NEW TABLETS

Q: 

I have commenced taking new medication prescribed by the doctor, and find my bowel actions are now offensive.

A: 

Medication can often affect the normal "flora" (normal living inhabitants) of the remarkable gut system. In turn, this can reflect in aroma. If the medication is helping regain better health, it may be a small price to pay. If it is distressing , discuss the matter with the doctor. There are often alternative to any treatment protocol.

 
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EXCESSIVE IMAGING

Q: 

Each time I visit the doctor a new battery of investigations are often ordered. I think I have been x-rayed until I am nearly radio-active. Is it possible to suffer from excessive radiation?

A: 

This is being closely monitored by many doctors. Many believe that new imaging gear with the huge increase in applications is leading to excessive radiation. Radiation accumulates in the system, and it is well known it may lead to cancer by marginally affecting the cell nucleus. When ordered more, why not ask the doctor if they are absolutely necessary and express your concerns. Incidentally, remember the government bears most of the costs which means they are being used more and more extensively. There is nothing for nothing in this world, even though there is often no or minimum up-front cash payment.

 
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BOTOX AND SWEATING

Q: 

Will botox cure my excessive sweating?

A: 

Many believe Botox is all things to all people, and its applications are wide. It temporarily paralyses nerves which in turn means muscle fibres are also paralysed and lose their power of contraction. Hence its use in smoothing facial creases and wrinkles. Similarly, reducing activity of sweat glands in the extremities and armpits. But as soon as its effect wears off, the original activity is resumed. However, re-use doesn’t seem to have negative outcomes. It is expensive, but what price does one pay for beauty and reduced sweating?

 
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BLADDER AND CRANBERRIES

Q: 

My doctor has suggested I use cranberries to reduce risks of recurring bladder infections. This sounds a bit "alternative", which I am not into.

A: 

Cranberry juice has been used for years to prevent bladder infections. It is now widely recommended by doctors for recent medical trials indicate it is of considerable value. Simplest way is the capsules, for with the tangy red beverage, there is not much active ingredient present by the time it has been diluted down and sweetened. The berries are not on the usual menu in this country. Barley water has been used for many years. Also lots of water and ural sachets.

 
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WART VIRUS

Q: 

I have heard the wart virus in women can now be treated by vaccination.

A: 

The new wart virus vaccine, developed by a qualified doctor is now in mainstream use by doctors. It will ultimately have a revolutionary effect, as it focuses on the wart virus which untreated may lead to cervical cancer, and genital warts which may also become cancerous. It has a favourable effect on the body's immune system which can overcome the virus. It is currently on offer to adolescent women, preferably pre-sexual activity.

 
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