Questioning Health Project

Eloise Davis

Healthy Relationships | Understanding

How would you define an unhealthy relationship?

- Unhealthy relationships have a need for one person to control another

- This can be within any relationships

- If emotional, verbal, or physical abuse is used, that relationship is unhealthy

- Having an argument does not constitute an unhealthy relationship; that's actually a huge part of having a healthy relationship, as long as it ends in agreement and compromise

- But if this is recurring and constant to the level of abuse, this relationship is unhealthy

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Gender Identity | Applying

How might struggles with gender identity and sexuality affect a person's mental health?

- Everyone can be mentally ill, no matter race, class, gender or sexuality

- People in the LGBTQ+ community are at a much higher risk of mental illness

- Because of social, environmental, and internal factors that affect self-image

- These stressors can include coming to terms with one's own sexuality and gender and the reactions of those around them if they choose to come out

- These stressors can lead to lifelong or temporary anxiety or depression as well as other mental illnesses

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Pregnancy, Labor, and Choices | Evaluating

If you got pregnant, what are some options you might have?

Abortion

In the United States:

- 60% of abortions are obtained by women in their 20s

- 59% are obtained by women with children

- 49% of abortion patients live below the poverty line

This is a good option for those who cannot afford (financially, emotionally, or physically) to keep a child or carry one to term.

Adoption

In the United States:

- about 120,000 children are adopted each year

This is a good option for those who don't want or are physically unable to have an abortion.

Keeping the baby

- Lots of people of all ages do this.

This is a good option for those who want a baby and (more importantly) can take care of one.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections | Analyzing

What are the 3 most common STIs in the US?

HPV

- more than 40 types

- most of them have no effect, and your body deals with them naturally

- some of them can cause things from genital warts to cancer

- which is why most people get vaccinated for it

Chlamydia

- only about 25% of women and 50% of men have symptoms

- treated with an antibiotic

Gonorrhea

- similar to chlamydia

- also bacterial

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Personal Safety and Contraceptives | Analyzing

What are the safest/most common contraceptives in the United States?

Vasectomy/Tubal Implants

- having your "tubes tied"

- or having an implant in the Fallopian tubes

- expensive, sometimes irreversible

- 99% effective

The Pill

- AKA Birth control, taken orally

- The pill is the most commonly used contraceptive in the US for women under 30.

- About 8% of users get pregnant (including those who miss doses)

- Have some side effects, and do not protect against STIs

Male Condoms

- Widely used

- Not always effective

- Cheap

- Of couples who rely solely on male condoms, 15% get pregnant each year

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Puberty & Adolescent Development | Knowledge

How does the brain change during puberty?

- Brain matter increases overall

- Decisions rely on the limbic system (emotions) more than the prefrontal cortex (rational thinking)

- The prefrontal cortex develops later

- So decisions are usually spurred by the 'accelerator' more than the 'brakes'

- Because of these changes, peer pressure is more influential

- More oxytocin receptors are made in the brain

- Which leads to self-centered thinking

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Why Are Teens So Moody?