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Challenging Changes

Typically broken down into early adolescence (ages 10-14), mid adolescence (ages 15-17), and late adolescence (ages 18-24).

This is often a very transitional time of life. Teens are exploring independence, identity, sense of self, and breaking away from childhood tendencies. They tend to be very egocentric during this stage. They typically only see the world from their own viewpoint and expect that others see it through their viewpoint as well.

Adolescence can be filled with insecurities and concerns about judgement. Teens are motivated by peer acceptance. Anxiety about physical changes, appearance, and one’s place in the world tend to increase. Mild anxieties about these things are common, but should they increase to more detrimental levels, seek help and guidance from a trained professional.

This is a very confusing time filled with lots of changes physically and mentally, and as a result, will likely induce a ton of questions. All of the changes experienced during this stage of life are normal, necessary, and indicate healthy growth. If you are a parent, do your best to answer questions, create a climate of open communication, and listen to your teen. Preparing them for what lies ahead physically, mentally, and socially can help alleviate anxieties they may feel. If you are an adolescent, ask questions, seek information, and talk to your parents and doctor about the changes taking place in your body. There’s no such thing as a dumb question!