Troubled Teens: The Top 8 Problem Areas

 

Shannon is an 18 year old from Wichita, KS. She enjoys poetry, airbrushing, drawing, and reading. She believes that language as well as art is one of the most colorful ways to express the self. It is painting the world with words.

 

The teen years can bring forth a lot of trials and tribulations. Dealing with them can be even more difficult since most parents are clueless as to what is going on with their teenagers, unaware of how to assist them. The most common problems are:

 

Smoking

  • It makes them feel older and wiser.
  • Nicotine has the ability to suppress feelings, hunger, and after some circumstances even help people relax easier.
  • 1st puff = addiction. Teens crave attention.

Bullying

  • The sticks and stones saying does not work.
  • Bullying can cause emotional harm.
  • Whether it is in person or online, bullying is bullying.

Shoplifting

  • Some steal under pressure, others steal for what they cannot afford or cannot have.
  • They feel bad about themselves or the world around them.
  • They need to know the consequences before the actions. Most businesses will accept apologies for first time teen offenses.

Depression

  • The depressed have less motives.
  • They may act negatively towards others as well as themselves.
  • They may lose interest in the world around them.

Pregnancy

  • The effect of teens acting out sexually.
  • May often feel like they aren’t loved or attractive.
  • Pregnancy can be prevented by using pills, condoms, or by just not doing it.

Obesity

  • Teens that are obese usually eat their feelings.
  • Food is their only comfort because it fills a void.
  • Obese teens are extremely sensitive.

Anorexia

  • Anorexic teens may not feel worthy of anything, even food.
  • They are usually self-conscious.
  • They may faint.

Bulimia

  • Bulimic teens may have blisters on their knuckles or throat.
  • They will most likely have weak teeth.
  • Self-consciousness and self-loathing are very common.

 

Along with most of these problems there is always something that causes them, feelings. Here are a few simple things that can help prevent most of these troubles from happening.

 

Involve the teen in a sport or club.

  • It distracts the mind and tires the body.
  • They could even make more friends.

Eat dinner as a family, not in front of the television.

  • Eating dinner at a table can spawn a conversation.
  • It can bring the family closer together.

Sharing Experiences

  • The parent can share their experiences with their teens.
  • This may help them cope and realize that they are not alone.

Spend time with them.

  • The teens will know that their parents care.
  • It will give them positive experiences.

Hugs are drugs and they are very effective.

  • The embrace will make them feel loved and feel less like they are alone.
  • They will strengthen a bond.

 

If the problems get worse…

  • Consult a professional.
  • A doctor or psychiatrist will do.

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One Response to “Troubled Teens: The Top 8 Problem Areas”

  1. Anonymous
    August 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Thank you Shannon.  Reading your ways to reduce or eliminate the top trouble areas I hear time and care.  Parents have to care and spend time to show they care.  Even if teens push on them to “test” them and their depth of caring.

    Other adults can do this too, such as mentors.  The most meaningful comes from parents though.  Teenagers need adults who care to spend time with them.  Seems simple enough.

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