14 Nov

Teenage Problems

By Aisha Tariq, Islamabad

Awkward, clumsy, rebellious, and maybe sometimes emotional. These are a few words that you might relate to if you’re going through your teenage years. As a teenager, we’re caught up in a whirlwind of emotions and don’t always know what the right thing to do is. Things don’t always go as planned and people don’t always stay. You might have heard the saying: “Drama, lies tears, welcome to the teenager years.” Well…we could choose to believe this and end up feeling sorry for ourselves or we could make the most of this time. It’s not always bad and we are very, very, vulnerable during this stage of our lives. Most teenagers want to be “cool”, and there is a very strict definition of that term in our society. We all are different and it’s okay to be unique. You don’t have to give in to peer pressure just so you can fit in. “I think there’s a time in your life when you don’t feel like you fit in. I think everyone has that as a teenager, especially in the society we live in.”- Matthew Vaughn. Here are some of the common problems experienced by teens.



This includes alcohol, cigarettes, etc. It’s something most teens feel obliged to give in to just so they can feel like everyone else. A shocking study reveals that 51.7% of 8th graders, worldwide have tried alcohol, just for the thrill of it.



Some people feel a sense of achievement by tormenting others and making them feel bad about themselves. This is a deadly thing and can lead to depression and other mental illnesses. If you are either a victim or witness, you need to involve an adult to help you out.


Bad Habits:

Include all kinds. It may feel hard to get over them, and it is true that old habits die hard but you should give it a try. Before doing something, think about it twice and ask yourself: “Is it really worth your time and the guilt you have to face afterwards?”


Bad Company:

We all need friends; someone to rely on, someone to talk to, but we also have to watch out for the bad ones. A good friend, for example, would never force you to do something you’re not comfortable with. No matter how strong you might think you are, but you will eventually give in to peer pressure. There is only a limit one can be pushed to.


Clash Of Values:

There are so many sources that influence you, even if it is subconsciously. The media, friends and everything around. Everyone is different and we all have different values… but that doesn’t mean that you have to defy them. There is a certain path that we have to walk on, and we should try to understand that rather than retaliate and do the wrong thing. So, enjoy these youthful moments and collect memories, not things, because they will certainly not come again.

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