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.
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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