A List of Teen Issues

By Jessica Anne Elizabeth

During the years, boys and girls are learning about themselves and deciding what to do with their lives. During this developmental phase, teens also deal with a variety of issues that can make daily life stressful. Teens can turn to several resources that offer advice in handling individual situations.

Sex

The only way to keep from contracting a sexually transmitted disease is to practice abstinence. Teens who do decide to become sexually active should practice safe sex. Safe sex includes using condoms for every act of intercourse. Condoms can prevent the transmission of STDs such as herpes, genital warts, syphilis or HIV. Condoms can also aid in preventing pregnancy.

Divorce

It's important for you to realize that arguments between your parents is a normal part of the marital relationship. If the relationship is weak, persistent arguments can lead to divorce. You need to understand that you are not to blame for the breakup of your parents’ marriage. Your parents don’t blame you, either. Be honest in your relationships with both of your parents. You can love both of them without betraying them.

Planning For College

Getting into college requires preparation. While you’re still in high school, become involved in extracurricular activities and sports. Admissions personnel see your involvement in other activities as evidence that you are a well-rounded individual and that you can handle multiple responsibilities.

Your grade point average (GPA) will also influence what colleges will choose to accept your application. If you begin having academic problems, ask your school counselor to help you get tutoring so you won’t fall behind.

Remember to prepare for your college entrance exams, whether you plan to take the SAT, ACT or PSAT.

Body Image & Eating Disorders

The teen years are spent maturing for adulthood. As your body is changing, you are constantly having to adjust your own body image. You are also coping with societal expectations of how a young teen should look.

You are at higher risk of developing an eating disorder because of society’s beliefs about what you should look like and because of your own beliefs about your body. If you think you might be developing an eating disorder, or if you suspect a friend has an eating disorder, you should to talk to a trusted adult right away. The earlier an eating disorder is treated, the less physical damage you will suffer. Eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia can lead to organ damage, heart problems or death.

Alcohol

In the United States, the legal drinking age is 21. Some teens begin drinking out of curiosity. You need to consider the health implications linked to underage drinking. If you begin to drink alcohol as a teen, you could become physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol. If this happens, you are at risk of suffering health issues.

According to teenadvisor.com, alcoholics suffer from heart, liver, brain and pancreas problems. Alcohol decreases your ability to use good judgment; you could make poor decisions regarding sex, which could result in an unwanted pregnancy or contracting a STD.

About the Author

Jessica Anne Elizabeth, co-founder of thinkgirl.net, is an established freelance writer and editor with a expertise in the beauty industry. Her areas of interest include hair, make-up and skincare, as well as reproductive health and pregnancy. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Rutgers University.