Curing the acne or the underlying problem
For quite a large number of young people, acne is a real problem that has to be endured alongside many other by-products of adolescence and growing up. Many young people, when visiting the doctor, are told that it is a condition of age, and that they will just have to cope with it.
This is not easy to hear when you are in your teens, when life doesn’t make much sense anyway, and now the confusions of adolescence – instead of remaining hidden — have to be visible to friends, family, and potential girlfriends or boyfriends. It’s worse when people know that something unmanageable is going on in your body.
Fortunately, there are now acne clinics that not only supply ointments for the annoyingly irritating spots and scars, but also look at underlying problems to try and dissuade the condition from returning.
Often a more holistic approach is needed to the treatment of acne, and acne clinics focus on this. Alongside suitable ointments, a person’s diet can be examined to see whether they have intolerances or any allergies to certain foods. This line of research seeks to establish the root cause of the acne, attack the source rather than purely salve the lesions, and hopefully get rid of the condition for good.
Acne clinics also look at other related problems such as stress, make-up, sex, and using The Pill. To keep costs down, acne clinics schedule one initial appointment where the client will fill in a lifestyle questionnaire; and from this, future treatment will be decided upon. The acne clinic then supports the client until the condition has cleared.
Although the general problems with adolescence will continue, by attacking the acne, the trials and tribulations of growing up needn’t be quite so visible to others. This may form some thread of comfort to teenagers everywhere.
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As for a Holistic Lifestyle Questionnaire, such assessments are available, but the interpretations of the test scores tend not to be free. In other words, they are not self-appraisals. The person responding to the questionnaire is embarking upon a membership of some sort.
One example is the National Wellness Institute’s TestWell:
What is TestWell?
TestWell is an online application consisting of a group of wellness assessments designed for health professionals and wellness administrators. The assessment tools can be used individually or together to create an assessment package designed to fit the needs of the client. TestWell consists of the following tools:
- HLQ – Holistic Lifestyle Questionnaire: is a 50 or 100 question assessment encompassing the full spectrum of wellness categories and designed as an educational and awareness tool. Based on the six-dimensional model of wellness as conceived by Dr. Bill Hettler over 25 years ago, this multi-dimensional model emphasizes the importance creating balance in one’s life.
- HRA – Health Risk Assessment: is an assessment which uses statistics from the Center for Disease Control to calculate the user’s top health risks. The assessment reports the user’s appraised and achievable health age and provides suggestions for reducing risk and achieving a healthier lifestyle.
- CQ – Custom Questions: This assessment is created by you the administrator and can include a variety of questions in a flexible choice of formats: one-line text box, check box, radio button, drop-down combo box, list box, or memo. The assessment can include basic validation and individualized help, and can be tied to the other assessments via a unique, computer-generated id number.
- TPG – Topic for Personal Growth: This is a short assessment which asks the user to checkmark any of the listed topics about which he or she would like more information. The user is provided with a list of custom resources, and the administrator is given popularity counts for each of the topics.
Hettler’s 6 Dimensions of Wellness
In 1976, Dr. Bill Hettler created a six dimensional wellness model represented by a hexagon design. Referred to as the 6 Dimensions of Wellness, this model identifies the following dimensions: Occupational, Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social. Dr. Hettler created the National Wellness Institute in 1977 which offers a yearly conference focused on professional development and personal growth in health and wellness. If you are a counselor interested in adding a health and wellness component to your practice or interested in the latest news on wellness, check out the National Wellness Institute website. You will find a link for “TestWell” which may be of interest as it is a website designed for health professionals and offers wellness assessments that can be utilized in various settings including high schools, colleges or private practice. There are also free Holistic Lifestyle Questionnaires that can be taken online for Teens, College Students, Adults and Older Adults.
There are, of course, less intense questionnaires that are designed for self-assessment. Again, I have tried none of them, so I am not vouchsafing anything. But a couple that I know of are at websites such as PeacefulMind.com and Wellstates.
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