Teen Struggles
The problems that come with the "best days of our lives."
October 19, 2021

By: Tanya Nieto  

High school is   the best years of our lives, at least that's what were told. Why we're told that, is beyond my knowledge. The struggles high school students go through is probably more than any   age in life. Some, of many problems we face are dealing with friends, family, relationships, and struggles with yourself; whether its your looks, or your attitude. What might cause these struggles? To be honest, I can't tell you, there is so many that if we've never experienced it we wouldn't know. My guess is there are misunderstandings, lack of communication, disagreements, and lack of attention.

With our media today all we're fed is "skinny is beautiful". Being in high school one of the things to be is skinny, you don't have to but it's portrayed that if you're not, then you aren't worth as much. Thousands of girls are staving themselves to death, or suffering from anorexia, buliminia, or any other eating disorder. And for what? So they can "fit in", feel good about themselves, avoid being teased, and some might say, have more friends. Studies prove that between 8 and 13 per 100,000 persons per year are in strict criteria for diagnosis. In English; 0.3% are in critical condition due to eating disorders.   These studies also confirm the view that the condition largely affects young adolescent females, with females between 15 and 19 years old making up 40% of all cases. Also, 90% of people with anorexia are women. I think it's safe to say that anorexia has become as popular as eating ice-cream on your birthday. Girls, you only live once, go about it with no boundaries, fear nothing; try everything except what destroys your health. If you want to lose weight the best thing to do is exercise. Lift weights, running, jogging, even walk everyday. Doing either of these burns fat and tightens and builds muscle. The trick is to be dedicated, tell yourself what you really want.

Besides self image as one of teens biggest struggles, there are many more. Feeling depressed, misunderstood, useless, and   a complete waste of human; are feelings that most teens go through or have gone through. The feeling is like you're in a whole different world, it's like nothing else matters, and you start not caring. To feel   depressed is a huge issue for a person to go through. How would you feel knowing that someone you love is struggling to be happy? What's scarier is what teens are doing when they're depressed, as a stress relief. In the U.S. during 2004; 4,767 teens ages 16 to 19 died of injuries caused by motor vehicles crashes. During 2005, nearly 400,000 motor vehicle occupants in this age group sustained nonfatal injuries severe enough to require treatment in an emergency department. The rank of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19-year olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teens drivers between this age group are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. What's worst is that some of these teens were speeding because they were frustrated and depressed and they're way of clearing their mind was speeding.

Cutting and hurting yourself because you believe that you don't want to be in this world. Running away from home; feeling like nobody around you understands so you want or need to leave and get away. Drinking alcohol and doing drugs, to try and kill the pain. The teen suicide rate among youth aged 15-19 was 7.9/100,000 or 1,611 deaths among 20,271,312 teenagers in this age group. Among young people 20 to 24 years of age, the youth suicide rate was 12/10,000. And, though it might not seem like a lot, think about how old they are, and how young they want to end their lives, also over 3,000 people would still be alive today if someone reached out and helped them. Nobody should want to end their lives, especially at ages so young.

We all know how pain feels, whether it's physical or emotional, it all hurts. Im not going to tell you what to do because I'm not your mother or even anyone you know for that matter, but what I do know are some ideas to distract your mind in safe ways. Take a walk, go somewhere alone where you can breath and calm down. Sing your heart out, dance like you've never danced before, or just listen to music. Read something, watch movies. If you have nobody to talk to then write, because you can't hold it in. Take it day by day not stress to more stress. I know this sounds lame, but focus on your school work, it keeps your mind occupied. Get involved in sports or activities. Help someone else, because helping others helps us realize we aren't the only one going through hardship. I know there are so many others, but just remember to make good choices, and that your not the only one who goes through pain. "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today." (quote by James Dean"