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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