ABOIM Diplomate Offers New Approach for Teen Stress and Anxiety

It isn’t easy being a teenager in the 21st century. A lot is expected from this at-risk age group as they bridge the gap between adolescence and adulthood, so it is no wonder that teen stress and anxiety are prevalent. To help teenagers “understand, manage, and in some cases, overcome their mental health problems,” Dr. Nada Milosavljevic, a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), wrote the book Holistic Health for Adolescents. This seminal work helps identify the common sources of stress in a teenager’s life and offers commonsense, actionable treatments to help improve overall health and wellness.

Integrative Medicine is an emerging medical specialty that combines best practices from traditional and alternative medicine to help patients not only address acute conditions but also potentially prevent the onset of avoidable chronic conditions. In the case of teen stress and anxiety, an Integrative Medicine practitioner might not only just treat the symptoms but also seek to identify and address the root cause, whatever it may be. In Holistic Health for Adolescents, Dr. Milosavljevic divides her book into the following chapters, each one focusing on a common issue that teens face and recommends clear, evidence-based treatments:

  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Low mood
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Focus and concentration
  • Headaches
  • Substance abuse

In this book, Dr. Milosavljevic offers cost-effective lifestyle adjustments and treatments to teenagers, their patients, and practitioners that can have a profound impact on an adolescent’s overall mental health and quality of life. Using therapies like yoga, acupressure, and even music therapy, readers can learn how to manage common problems at a young age while sleeping better, feeling less anxious, and reducing stress levels.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we are a proud supporter of Integrative Medicine and its novel approach to healthcare, which is why we developed the nation’s first Member Board dedicated solely to Integrative Medicine – the ABOIM. To learn if a physician is board certified in Integrative Medicine, visit our online certification confirmation portal here.

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Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
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Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
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Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

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Internal Medicine