When a young person is brought to the doctor by someone older, whether parent, teacher, social worker or friend, it can be very helpful if the anxieties of that person can also be examined. In a normal surgery or clinic the doctor will usually have to see both the girl and the accompanying person. It is important that the girl agrees to this and has trust that her confidences will not be broken. She may well be relieved when the worries are eased and some of the pressure is taken off her. Such a dual role can be particularly difficult for the general practitioner with responsibilities to the whole family, and he or she is often grateful to be able to obtain help for the girl from another doctor.


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