Adolescence can be a stressful developmental time, even for healthy teens. Acute or chronic illness can cause added concerns with how a teen develops.

Health issues, treatment, hospital stays and surgery can:

  • Lead to more intense concerns about how they look
  • Interfere with the process of gaining independence
  • Disrupt changing relationships with parents and friends

Developmental issues can also complicate a teen's transition toward becoming responsible for managing their illness and learning to comply with treatment.