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I think being a teenager is such a compelling time period in your life--it gives you some of your worst scars and some of your most exhilarating moments. It's a fascinating place; old enough to feel truly adult, old enough to make decisions that affect the rest of your life, old enough to fall in love, yet, at the same time too young (in most cases) to be free to make a lot of those decisions without someone else's approval.

― Stephenie Meyer

Teenage is a scary age! Our hormones are at peak. The difficulties teenagers face usually appear to be too trivial to people older. Naturally so, teenagers will place more importance to the peers around. This is also the age when a person is looking for an identity. He/she will feel an intense need to be liked and accepted by the society which may or may not actually happen. A teenager can either be the most ‘popular’ girl/stud of the high school and college or may be the most ‘weird/lunatic’ chick/dude of the university.

What else?

S.L.U.T

U.G.L.Y

F.A.T

S.H.O.R.T

E.A.S.Y

P.I.M.P

P.A.N.S.Y

P.A.N.T.Y W.A.I.S.T

M.A.N W.H.O.R.E

D.O.U.C.H.E B.A.G

H.O.M.O

S.I.S.S.Y

Teenage is indeed a terrifing little place to be in. These comments or adjectives seem to be just ‘words’ for people, but for teenagers who are still trying to create an identity, comments like these from their peers can actually affect their self-evaluation, leading them to low self-esteem. Most mental health disorders are a consequence of critical evaluation of self, low-esteem and insecurity.

Not only does a teenager continuously go through peer-pressure, he/she also has to go through ‘exam’ pressure.

So…of course, at this age a person is extremely susceptible to developing a mental disorder as well. According to research the most common disorders that develop at this age are Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Eating Disorders, Anxiety and depression.

It’s very important to identify the difference between normal hormonal changes in a teenager and symptoms of mental disorders.