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The adolescent years are tough. From peer pressure to insecurities, teenagers go through a lot. These years can create unique challenges for a teenager with achondroplasia, who may feel different, left out, or bullied. Sadly, social challenges cause some teens with achondroplasia to experience depression or anxiety.
These challenges can carry into adulthood. It’s important to connect with resources that can offer psychological and social support, such as mental health professionals, school counselors, and advocacy groups.
Local chapters of advocacy groups also offer support groups so families can connect with one another.