The teenage years can have an enormous effect on people, and their families. Turning into an adult is no easy task, and with all those hormones flying around, there are plenty of dangers out there that can change lives.
The trouble is, there are a host of problems out there that have similar symptoms and signs as those every teenager experiences. For example, teens are notorious for moodswings, late nights, and staying out for entire weekends at a time. But, that doesn’t mean they are taking drugs, despite the fact it might seem like it.
Furthermore, teenagers often start to put up barriers to their parents and families. It’s part of their drive towards a more independent lifestyle, and many parents can feel unhappy about it. But, just because they are starting to amp up their independence doesn’t mean they have a serious problem. There can sometimes be a fine line between a severe issue and normal, hormonal teenage behavior.
As a parent, it can be a tough time – seeing your children struggle with all kinds of issues is not pretty. In today’s guide, we’re going to take a look at some of the most common problems faced by teenagers in the world today – read on to find out how to spot them.
Body image has always been an issue for teens, but it seems even more apparent in today’s world. You don’t have to look hard to find the cause – just turn on the TV or open a magazine and look at the images of stick-thin models splashed everywhere.
It can lead to a lot of issues, from anorexia and bulimia through to binge eating. And, of course, as your teens seek their independence, it can be hard to track what they are eating, and when.
The solution? It can be tough, but ensuring your children know the importance of eating a healthy diet, and the dangers of going the other way, it can help. Watch out for rapid weight loss, of course, and also keep an eye open for your teens leaving their meals for trips to the bathroom.
Angst or depression?
All teens can go through periods of angst – it comes with the territory. But what if it develops into something more serious? Depression is one of the biggest problems faced by teens, and it is not something that you can brush off easily. In fact, during the teenage years, desperation and suicide are more likely to happen than at any other age.
If you are a parent and suspect your teen is suffering, it’s vital to give them space to talk about their feelings. Keep an eye out for them withdrawing from their friends, or staying at home for long periods of time.
It can be hard to distinguish the behavior from normal teen angst, of course. But, it’s important to acknowledge their feelings, and giving them the space to open up if they want to.
Peer pressure isn’t a problem in itself, but it can result in all kinds of issues. Take drugs, for example. It’s usually peer pressure that leads to trying cannabis or any other drug for the first time.
Teenagers love to experiment, of course, and many get through those years without any harm done at all. But, there is always the chance that using drugs starts to become a solution to the many other problems they face. And, it could rapidly turn into something as serious as crack or heroin addiction. Sex is another peer pressure to consider. Everyone says they are doing it, and with all those hormones flying around, it’s easy for kids to think they should be doing it, too.
Frank conversations are the only way to defeat most of the common peer pressures. When teenagers have education in all areas of life, they will have more tools to prevent making mistakes.
As a parent, you can’t afford to hope your kids will avoid some of the toughest problems they could face in their teenage years. You have to be active – from as early an age as possible. There are so many different influences in their lives, that they will draw towards as they get older. You can only give them the best tools for dealing with things – and even then it might not be enough. The most important thing to remember is that most teenagers grow out of their issues – and there’s help for those that don’t. Speak to your doctor about your options if you feel there is trouble ahead.
Hope this has helped – feel free to pass on some advice!