Here you will find articles about teenagers and the different challenges they face. Whether you have a teenager or know, work with them or were once an adolescent, this section will help you better understand what they go through and how this phase of life is crucial to our development as individuals.
Teenagers are categorized as individuals between 13-19 years of age. “Teenager” is a synonym for the word “adolescent.” Teenage years are a time in which there are a lot of changes going on in mind and the body. Adolescence is the stage of life between childhood and adulthood, and it can be a tumultuous time. Some people characterize teenage years as a time where people are moody and hormonal. Teens get a bad reputation for not being stable, but it’s no wonder that they’re not stable given all of the hormonal changes they’re experiencing.
Girls begin puberty around age 10-11, whereas boys tend to start puberty between the ages of 11-12. Girls complete puberty around 15-17, where boys complete puberty around 16-17. Puberty is when girls begin menstruating, and it’s when both sexes discover their sexuality. Hormones are surging, including testosterone and estrogen, which promotes mind and body development. Some teens struggle with acne due to their hormonal changes. Acne is present on the surface of the skin and is an easy target for other teens to mock. Some teens are ashamed of their developing bodies. It’s essential, if you’re a parent of a teenager, to realize that these changes in their minds and bodies are overwhelming at times. Your child might need some guidance as to what’s happening to them. They might not ask you directly, but you can offer to talk to them about their body and mind changes or be available to listen if they need you. If they know that you’re there to hear them, it can be comforting to teens.
Tumultuous Teen Years
Teens are discovering their individuality. They’re learning who they are as people independent of their parents. It can be a stressful time because they don’t quite know who they are yet and are developing their identity. Some teens develop identity issues or even have an existential crisis. They wonder what their place is in the world and start thinking about what they want to do as adults. Identity issues continue for the rest of our lives because who we are isn’t fixed, but it happens to be a particularly rough time during the teen years because you’re just starting to develop a sense of self. Most people find the teen years to be a challenging time, but it’s a temporary feeling because eventually, we come into ourselves and establish who we are.
Teens Struggling With Mental Health Issues
A common mistake many adults make is to assume that all teenagers are moody and depressed, and it’s “a phase.” While it’s true that hormonal changes cause mood shifts, remember that teenagers are human beings and can have mental health issues. Some teens struggle with anxiety and depression due to all of the mind and body changes they’re going through in life. That's natural, but it can frighten parents, and there are some warning signs to look out for in your teen. If your teen becomes reclusive, hides in their room, or is engaging in self-harm, you need to seek help for your teen because they’re in danger of harming themselves even further. Depression can be a phase, or it can persist past teenage years, and it’s important to keep an eye on it to see if it needs to be treated in a clinical setting. Sometimes, medication can be a game-changer for both teenagers and adults if counseling isn’t enough. It’s essential to understand that mental health treatment is helpful including teenagers. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if your teenager needs some extra support with their mental health.
Online Therapy for Teens
Teens are going through so many things. They’re dealing with relationships, whether that’s friendships or romantic interests, school, and so on. Therapy can help tremendously because it gives the teenager a place to talk about what they’re going through in their lives. It can also help parents to see a therapist when their children become teenagers so that they can work through their challenges as a guardian. Another great option is to talk through your difficulties in therapy together. Online therapy is an excellent place for teenagers to talk through their issues, or for a parent to talk through their problems with their teen. Search the network of BetterHelp therapists and find somebody that you can speak to today.