It’s not easy being a teenager. You’re expected to start acting like an adult even though you might not be treated like one. Adolescence is a very unique developmental period in our lives. Hormones are raging, friends mean so much more (it seems) than family, and the “what do I do after high school” can be a looming. It’s no wonder so many teens feel anxious.
Between the demands of school, family, and friends, it can be difficult to express your true self in these different settings. Knowing who you are is an ongoing process throughout life.
Adolescence is also a time of big physical and emotional changes which can lead to all kinds of challenges. Furthermore, these changes and this search for who you can lead to conflict between parents and teenagers. While everyone goes through this challenging period of life, we all experience it in a different way and it’s harder for some than others. Many teenagers find that it’s important to have a support system to maintain good mental health as they move through all these changes.