Teenage is a time most adults fondly reminisce of, an age that kids and adolescents wish to reach faster. But in all reality, teenage could just be as disappointing if all the teenager was hoping for was just the glitz and glamour.

 

And as much as the word “teenage” may have been glorified, most likely by the media, over the years and the world of consumerism cashing on it, as it is turning out to be the most lucrative of businesses of all times, one should be aware that while teenage years are adventurous and fun, it may also come with its share of pitfalls.

 

So, if you’re a teenager or if you know or have any teenage friends or family members, which we are sure that you do, then you might want to read what we have attempted to compile for you. Yes, Teenage is a vulnerable time and one should arm themselves with the right facts and smart tacts, before any of these negative aspects looms up into a sizeable teenage crisis.
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Eating Disorders
Eating disorders refer to a group of conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health.

Anorexia
Anorexic people have a strong fear of gaining weight and a false idea of their body size. They hardly eat in the fear of weight gain and the little amount of food intake becomes an obsession. Teens with anorexia restrict their food intake; they go on extended diets, fasts and exercise excessively.

Bulimia
Bulimics often eat large amount of junk food at once. After eating they then try to reimburse in extreme ways by forced vomiting and intense exercising to prevent themselves from gaining weight. This can be dangerous both physically and emotionally as this leads to compulsive behaviors that are very hard to stop.

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Nicole Richie
In 2007, a treatment center stated that the then 25-year-old Nicole Richie was in possible danger of losing her first baby if she did not get help from an anorexia treatment center.
Her battle with anorexia along with alcohol and cocaine abuse put her and her unborn child’s life in danger. With needed medical and psychological assistance, however, she then gave birth to her first baby daughter Harlow and Nicole is now reportedly working her way out of the eating disorder crisis that almost proved lethal to her.

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder which is commonly seen in children and adolescents. ADHD includes excessive hyper activity including inattention, apparent listening problems, and difficulty following instructions, avoidance or dislike of tasks that require mental effort, distractibility, and forgetfulness in daily activities.

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Michael Phelps, the 25-year-old Olympic swimming sensation is famous for his incredible focus in the pool, so it’s hard to believe he has struggled with ADHD since his childhood. His teachers complained about his inability to sit still until, in fifth grade, the Phelps’ family physician diagnosed him with ADHD. After two years on medication, however, doctors agreed to let him be med free and instead, Phelps used swimming to help him find focus.

Depression
When people frequently start thinking about sadness, guilt and worthlessness, a lot more than what they’re used to, it is marked as depression. Depression also comes along with loss of appetite, withdrawal from the outside society and lack of interest in regular activities. It is an emotional state and is usually triggered by different types of stimulus. Depression usually comes along with other problems like substance abuse and personality disorders. Depressed people also have a tendency to completely neglect personal hygiene.

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In an interview in 2003, singer Sheryl Crowe discussed her struggles with depression. Crowe suffered from long bouts of depression as a child. Crowe believes that her depression is the result of a genetic chemical imbalance .She says that she has severe mood swings, After completing a tour with Michael Jackson, Crowe fell into a period of depression that required treatment using antidepressants and psychotherapy.

Bullying
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the term bully as, “One who is habitually cruel to others who are weaker.” Studies show that people who are abused by their peers are at risk of mental health problems such as low self-esteem, stress, depression and anxiety. They are also likely to  think more about suicide more.

Physical: Some bullies attack their targets physically, which can mean anything from shoving or tripping to punching, pinching, scratching or hitting, or even sexual assault. They make take things and never return it or return it damaged.

Verbal: Here the bullies make insulting, sexist or homophobic jokes, tease them and create nasty gossips about their victim. They also use sexually suggestive or abusive language and offensive remarks. Verbal abuse is the most common form of bullying.

Cyber: Any type of bullying that is carried out through an electronic medium such as text messages, video clips, phone calls, e-mails or chats falls under cyber bullying.
Emotional and Psychological: When students spread nasty, falsestories about someone and make them the subject of malicious rumors, exclude them from social groups and black mail them, it is called emotional and psychological bullying.

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In their early twenties celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears have gone to rehab  multiple times, have been behind the bars for drug intake, drunk driving and so on. Lohan who has visited rehab three times and was also jailed after being caught with cocaine, revealed she hit rock bottom and risked blowing her entire career via drug abuse. She lost all her movie contracts due to this problem and there was a phase when people could not trust her enough to work with her. 

Smart Up Tip
Drugs and alcohol abuse lead to nothing good. So use your wise head and stay away from it and help your friends stay away from it too. Incase, if you did fall into its trap by your own profound stupidity or by peer pressure the first step to getting out of it is by coming clean and accepting the fact that you are indeed in big trouble. Good thing, there are ways to get out of it. Talk to your guardians about it. It’s never too late to start afresh, living the teenage life that you deserve.

So there you go, the possible crisis that may be brought about during those fun yet vulnerable teenage years. However, if all these crisis are dodged successfully and it is possible to do so too, nothing will stop this from being the best years of your lives.
The team at Teenz wish all of our teen readers the same. Safe and happy teenage years everyone!