Hardships Faced By Teens & Reccomendations For Parents

Raising teens can be a worrying, challenging, and sometimes stressing endeavor. While teenagers will push against the limits in their search for freedom, they can adopt deviant behaviors that could lead to different addictions and diseases.

The extremes of unwelcome behavior that adolescents are susceptible to are part of their desire to become more independent and establish their own identify within society.

Hormones also play a major role in the extremes of emotion; teenage boys come in terms with large amounts of testosterone surging through their bodies while girls witness mood swings accompanied by estrogen.

Because of these factors and exciting times, teenagers may go through the following conditions:

1. Alcohol addiction

Underage drinking attracts many developing teens. Adolescents may be tempted to try alcohol due to peer pressure or the urge to try something new, and often they don’t realize the damaging effects this activity can have on their personal lives, their family, and the community as a whole.

The University of Maryland Medical Center reported that more than 4 million teens between the ages of 14 and 17 consume alcohol, and many of them face problems in school life or take part in illegal activities. The consumption may increase with age. Teens do not seek treatment or education about the adverse effects of alcohol because of lack of awareness or insight about its consequences.

2. Eating disorders

Teens who suffer low self-esteem may develop eating disorders in order to lose weight and achieve a sense of control. This can create an obsession with becoming lean, causing the teen to undergo extreme dietary measures. Participation of boys in competitions such as running and wrestling may increase the risk of eating disorders.

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These disorders should be of great concern to parents and guardians as they can lead to a serious of physical issues, and in some cases, death. They can’t be overcome through sheer willpower, and parents need to help their child address underlying psychological issues. Best results require treatment at an early stage.

Teens can be tempted to use drugs regularly as they enable the brain to produce chemicals that allow them to feel emotions such as anger, depression, pain and anger. Some drugs ignite the chemical that leads to the feeling of extreme euphoria, but as the consumption of drugs increases, the brain receives too much of happy chemical and starts creating less of it.

So without drugs, teens start to feel unhappy, and depend on the drug to feel joy. They are compelled to take more of the drug to achieve that feeling. Low-scale drugs stop that effect and teens then move on to more dangerous drugs, like cocaine.

What can parents do?

The first thing you can do is pay attention to your child’s whereabouts. Discover the healthy activities the child is interested in and encourage them to get involved.

For conditions such as eating disorders, parents can supervise the diet of their children, and eating disorder treatment centers for men and women can also cater to young adult patients. Such treatment centers help the sufferers individually and also set up appointments with individual counselors, who can access the food habits for eating disorders and other similar issues.

The last recommended approach is to courage and praise the successes of your teen, whether it’s at home or school. A strong bond between you two may help prevent your teen from indulging in impulsive behavior.

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37 thoughts on “Hardships Faced By Teens & Reccomendations For Parents

    1. And you know often overeating, could be considered an eating disorder. Sometimes it starts that way, then a person gets traumatized by what others think of them and they start doing the opposite.

  1. It really is good to take note. My daughter struggles with self-esteem sometimes. She puts a lot of merit on what her peers or even strangers (kids she hasn’t met or who say things online) say and I hate that she does. If only we could impart in them what we know now… she’d realize that what others say off the cuff really isn’t all that important. Working on it. 🙂 Good post, Heather!

    1. Yeah, I mean I remember thinking this way. Its very hard for teens, they are trying to find out who they are….its almost like a begging of life chrisis. But as you and I both know, you only gain wisdom with age and all we can do as parents is help them understand the things they are so worried about won’t always be like this.

  2. Teenagers are a handful from time to time. However, as a parent it is very important to keep the lines of communication open from the time they are young.

    My daughter sometimes says she is fat and it drives me crazy. She is skinny as a rail.

    There are so many things teens can get into ie : drugs, alcohol, sexting, sex, over the counter drug abuse, prescription drug abuse, abuse, and many more.

  3. These are all such important things to keep in mind when raising teenagers. I saw many of these in actions when I was a school counselor at a middle school. This is a great reminder for parents to stay involved and talking with their teen!

    1. I think a lot of it is just always communicating with your kids and safely letting them experience new things to help them feel like they have the freedom they need, without being sneaky. Such a fine balance…

  4. I had a cousin who suffered from eating disorder during her teens. I guess this is pretty common with them as they are too conscious with how they look.

  5. This was a beyond interesting read. Although I didn’t go through most of this as a teen, I definitely went through this when I got married as very young adult. I started feel self conscious. I need to share this to all my friends of soon to be teens & that have teens!

  6. Those hormones can for sure wreak havoc in a teens life! My son has a friend in rehab right now who is only 15. I’ve been very fortunate with my kids not being in trouble, but I see it all around them. This is a very helpful article.

  7. It is so much harder for kids now with so much social media. Thank you for sharing. Anything that can help is worth sharing to as many people as possible.

  8. I am more afraid of my daughters having an eating disorder. They already comment on how their friends are skinny or that they have a belly and I try to teach them that everyone has a different body shape but it’s ok as long as they are healthy!

  9. I’ve a long way to go until my son hits his teens, we’re only at the terrible twos stage now! 🙂 I wonder if my mother worried about these things with me. I was good though, didn’t drink til I was 18 and was very into fitness but not overly obsessed with my weight.

  10. Thanks for the post! I also have a while before we hit the teenage years with my kids, but it’s still crucial to think about these issues ahead of time so you’re more prepared when that stage of life hits.

  11. My granddaughter is about to be a teen and is already talking about some of the pressure the other kids put on her. It’s such a shame how early kids are being forced to deal with not being kids any more. 🙁 Thank you for showing your support and helping to raise awareness!

  12. I think it’s so sad what our teens are faced with these days. It seems like they are exposed to things so much earlier than my generation was. This is good information.

  13. When I was a teenager I experienced more mood swings than anything else, I was against drinking and I loved my food too much but these days teenagers are faced with so much and exposure I think is too earlier to all this.

  14. A lot of teenage problems are borne out of peer pressure and lack of confidence. It’s important to guide them well yet give them some leeway to learn on their own.

  15. These are awesome recommendations indeed for parents with teenagers who are facing hardships. I was so lucky to have good kids who never got in trouble. It is so very important for parents to praise their children for everything good they do. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I knew a lot of people when I was a teen who suffered from eating disorders. They were so troubled and it was the only way they felt they could cope

  17. Something we don’t usually think about is a parent’s role in a child’s self-esteem issues. Parents need to be supportive of their kids and encourage them to make good choices without degrading them for making wrong ones. Or picking on them. As much as I love my mother, she was constantly telling me I was chubby, that I couldn’t wear cute clothes because I was too heavy, that I just needed to lose a little bit more weight, that I’d be so cute once I got the weight off, etc. She’d constantly comment about how much I weighed and eventually my brother and sister got in on it, too. The thing is, my sister was heavier than me and I wasn’t even that fat. I was at the high end of the healthy weight range for my height. It wasn’t just with my weight, either. My mom was very good about making me feel awful about every aspect of my life if I wasn’t 100% perfect all the time. It really kills a kid. My entire life I’ve struggled with feeling like I’d be so much prettier if I could lose a little more weight and I’d be so much more desirable if I were a better person. Parents play such a critical role in a child’s life and there needs to be a balance between constructive criticism and positive reinforcement.

    1. Erin, that is so unfortunate. A parent is supposed to be a child’s biggest fan. Its so sad when parents are the discouraging ones, when they should be the person you trust with your safety as well as feelings.

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