By Skylar Doege
Being a typical teen, I know personally what it is like to have worries. The teenage years are a time of rapid growth and changes, physically, mentally, and socially. It can be scary sometimes, while others take it in their stride.
Teenagers have to make early and difficult decisions about school subjects, studying, careers, and work. And that doesn’t even include making friends, knowing what or what not to wear, or who likes who. It can be a lot of pressure on teens and it’s not surprising that they are often worried.
Raisingchildren.net.au reports a survey conducted in 2012 by Mission Australia found that the top five teenage issues are:
• coping with stress
• school or study problems
• body image
• family conflict/ family breakdown
We all know that some teens think that it’s the end of the world if they don’t have that dress or finish that project a little too late, but that’s all part of being a teen.
Making new friends can be stressful because of social anxiety or not knowing what to talk about without making it awkward. That’s why usually most teens hide behind their phone, because to them, it’s just easier than trying to have to talk face-to-face.
Teens may have a hard time dealing with different things in life, like making early decisions about college or about which project to due. Just knowing a little about what a teen goes through can help just a little in being able to talk about what’s bothering them.