Teen Issues

Kendall Sanders

Depression

Depression is the feeling of sever despondency and dejection. Statistics say 18% of teens from the age of 12-17 experienced depression. The symptoms of depression are difficulty concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions, fatigue of guilt worthlessness, or excessive sleeping. Also, it causes irritability, restlessness, overeating, or appetite loss, and thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts. The possible solutions to depression are getting into a daily routine, setting goals, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, challenging negative thoughts, and try to have fun.

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder: any of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. Over one half teenage girls and boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives. Up to 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder ( anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating) in the U.S. 69% of girls in the 5th to 12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape. The symptoms for Anorexia Nervosa are inadequate food intake leading to a weight that is clearly too low, intense fear of weight gain, obsession with weight and persistent behavior to prevent weight gain. The symptoms of Binge Eating is frequent episodes of consuming very large amounts of food but without behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self induced vomiting, a feeling of being out of control during the binge eating episode, feeling of strong shame or guilt regarding the binge eating. The symptoms of bulimia are frequent episodes of food but without behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self induced vomiting, self esteem overly related to body image. The solutions to this disorder are to ask for help, find a specialist, address health problems, and make a long term treatment plan.

Bullying

Bullying: to use a superior or influence to intimidate someone, typically to force him or her to do what one wants. Statistics says that 19.6% of high school students in the US reported being bullied at school in the past year.14.8% percent of children reported being bullied online. 1 in 7 students in grades 5-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying. 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying as a problem at their school. 1 of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school. 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month. Symptoms of bullying are unexplained injuries, lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry, difficulty sleeping, or frequent nightmares, declining grades, and self destruction. The solutions to bullying would be walking away from the bully, protect yourself, report bullying to a trusted adult, find others who are bullied and become friend with them.
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Abusive Relationships

Abusive Relationship: relationship abuse is a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner. Statistics show that roughly 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the U.S. admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in he last year by someone they were romantically involved with. 1 in 3 young people will be abusive or in an unhealthy relationship. in the U.S. 25 % of high school girls have been abused physically or sexually. the symptoms of someone who has an abusive partner would be receiving name calling, spying, control over their time, prohibiting friendships, controlling money, forcing sex, threats, forcing drug use, and physical violence. The solutions are acknowledge the existence of abuse, reach out for help, make every effort to address the underlying issues that led you to being in a dysfunctional relationship.
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Suicide

Suicide: the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally. Statistics say suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages of 12- 17. Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12. More than one in every 10 high school students reported having attempted suicide; nearly 1 in 6 students between the ages of 12-17 have seriously considered it. The symptoms of bullying are sadness or hopelessness, irritability, anger or hostility, fearfulness or frequent crying changes in eating or sleeping habits, lack of enthusiasm and motivation, thoughts of death or suicide. The solutions are to reach out for help, tell someone you trust how your feeling and the thoughts you're having, find an activity you enjoy.
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