Teenagers need support too

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In today’s society teenagers are quite possibly the group who are hit the hardest.

They are constantly bombarded with ‘perfect’ images, and a constant stream of stress and worries.

If you were to ask an average teenager where the origin of the majority of their stress and worries comes from, there is no doubt they would say school.

Five days a week, every week, teenagers are surrounded by an army of stress that never seems to surrender.

Teachers moaning, homework due, exams speeding closer, and that coursework deadline which looms ahead; it never ends.

From the tender age of 10 to the moment they step out of full-time education, the pressure never ceases – and this is on top of everything else that goes on in their worlds.

As soon as child makes the transition to teen, they are instantly judged; they are seen as art work, which needs to be judged, criticised and sometimes even ridiculed.

To make themselves ‘perfect’ to everyone else, all a teen wants is a model’s body, followed by a flawless, acne free, face.

They can’t be too ugly, even though everyone holds ugliness within them, they don’t understand yet that with ugliness comes beauty.

If they are ‘fat’ a diet is in need, and sooner or later the relentless pressure of being constantly judged by everyone makes them develop anxiety, or an eating disorder.

Of course not every teen develops these things, but they could.

Problems can begin closer to home for a teen, in the form of family.

Some teens view families as a refuge, or safe haven from the stresses and worries of the outside world; but this isn’t the case for everyone.

Some families just don’t work, and arguments begin. Arguments turn into fights. Fights turn into separation. Separation turns to divorce.

Before long an angered and lonely-feeling teen is formed, and they have more problems on their plate.

It’s always helpful for a teen to have a supportive family, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen, and they can end up feeling even more confused and stressed than they already are.

Perhaps the biggest, and most daunting, problem in a teen’s life is the prospect of their future.

Will they get the right grades? Will they go to university? Will they follow the career path they want?

Marriage, children, money, housing, just keeping themselves living; these are the thoughts that are swirling round the confused brain of a teenager.

You may think they are a bit young to be having these thoughts, but these things occur sooner than anybody can predict, and the thought of being unprepared, for a teen, is a worrying prospect.

All of the problems in a teen’s life add to stress, and stress can lead to devastating effects if not dealt with in the proper way.

The website www.troubledteen101.com found that on average, more teens die by suicide than by heart disease, cancer and Aids added together.

It’s an awful statistic, but it is sadly the truth.

This is the reason why everyone should be supporting the lives of teens; they are the future leaders of our world after all.