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Hormones in a hurry: Uneasy passages through puberty and adolescence

Psychiatrist and adolescent health specialist, Prof George Patton, discusses why puberty – especially early puberty – and adolescence can be so tough, but how most of us survive the journey.

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I'm Dyani Lewis. Thanks for joining us. Puberty and the period of adolescence that follows it mark what are probably the most awkward of our developmental transitions. It's a time we remember most vividly and sometimes cringe about years later. As well as the raging hormones, growth spurts and other physical changes, adolescents also need to navigate a bumpy social landscape where peer pressure reigns supreme. Adolescence is when we start to work out who we are as we muddle our way through to adulthood, but for some it's a time when we can lose our way, sometimes with consequences that stay with us for many years or even the rest of our lives. But what makes puberty so disruptive? What's going on biologically and what are the consequences for wellbeing, both during adolescence and into the future? On Up Close this episode George Patton, Professor of Adolescent Health Research at the University of Melbourne, joins us to discuss the physical and emotional challenges of this turbulent period of human development and how people going through this time of life can be supported by those around them. Welcome to Up Close George.

Thank you Dyani.


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