The Issues Facing a Teen

By Victoria Thompson
The teenager faces many challenging choices during her development into an adult.
The teenager faces many challenging choices during her development into an adult.

The teenager faces an uphill battle regarding challenging issues ahead of her. These years can be stressful, since the teen is developing quickly, both physically and socially. Having no support or outlet could be detrimental to the teen, with no one to offer advice or to discuss problems with. It is important to provide feelings of safety and nurturing to let the teen know that she is not alone.


With the popularity of the social media, cyberbullying has become more prevalent. Online is not the only place teens face bullies; bullies also fill the school corridors. Bullying can take the form of violence or verbal, by spreading rumors about the target. Often, the bully does not understand the serious impact that his actions have, while he believes he's participating in a joke. He does not know that this behavior could lead to grave repercussions if the victim is unable to seek help.

Substance Abuse

Teens are faced with a myriad of drugs in society. Most drugs that are available to adults, are also easy for the teenager to obtain. Some substances include narcotics, stimulants and cold medications. The most widely used drug among teens is alcohol. Binge drinking has become a recreational activity at some teen parties, leaving individuals intoxicated and driving drunk. Indulging in drug usage slows coordination and reaction time. Further bodily harm involves anxiety, hallucinations, brain damage and sometimes death.

Teen Violence

Violence surrounds the teen on television and in video games. It has become commonplace in the teen's world. The greatest impact on teen violence occurs when the child has been a victim within the home or has witnessed it first hand. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services states, "Many youth who grow up with violence in the home use violence to solve their problems outside the home." This lifestyle leads to low self-esteem and depression.

Eating Disorders

The child who struggles with eating disorders has a distorted view of her body and negative self image. Anorexia and Bulimia are the most common and involve more than just trying to diet and exercise. These are extremes in how an individual eats and become addictive as the teen loses control. Kids' Health reports that, "One or two out of every 100 students will struggle." Eating disorders usually occur between the ages of 13 and 17, when there are huge emotional and physical changes.

About the Author

Based in North Carolina, Victoria Thompson has taught middle school for the past 15 years. She holds a Masters of Education in middle school instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She teaches English daily to English as a second language students.