Whether you are a parent or a teenager, the teenage years are a time of turbulence and drama. The plethora of changes associated with this period brings strong emotions, arguments and stress. Regardless of your particular situation, understanding the physical and emotional turbulence of teenagers can help them and their parents address these problems and cope accordingly.
Social ostracism is a serious concern for teens. In school, for example, teens want to be accepted by their peers and will attempt to blend in by acting or dressing accordingly. This is fueled by a fear of rejection and isolation that occurs when some individuals are expelled from the group. This can be dangerous when the children decide they want to conform with unsavory cliques, such as gangs.
Social problems, such as the failure to conform, can ultimately lead to bullying. This keeps teens in a state of fear from the physical or verbal abuse of their peers. It is an emotionally devastating experience that can affect their health, academic performance and self-esteem. Anxiety, depression, stress and suicide are all unfortunate results of bullying.
Although everyone experiences emotional problems, they can be particularly intense for teenagers. Teens are going through intense physical and emotional changes that often cause them to misbehave and clash with their parents. Parents may also compound the problem by trivializing their teens' feelings or dismissing them as "silly" or nothing to worry about.
The physical and psychological changes during the teenage years inevitably lead to sexual attraction and relationships. One problem with teen dating is the risk of sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy. The heightened emotions experienced by teenagers can also lead to serious mental-health problems after a breakup. The rejection associated with a terminated relationship can cause severe depression or a sense of isolation.