Why Is My Teenage Daughter So Angry: Part 2

Last week, we talked about the emotional world of teenage girls.  Here are just a few of the statistics:

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • Illicit drug use has declined significantly since its peak years in 1996 and 1997
  • Alcohol use among teenagers has also decreased since that time
  • Alcohol, however, is still the most widely used drug among young people
  • Marijuana and tobacco use have remained the same since that time
  • The use of prescription drugs such as Ritalin, Vicodin and OxyContin have increased
  • The use of inhalants has increased

From Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc. (ANRED)                                           

  • The Journal of Abnormal Psychology reported that 14 to 39 percent of adolescents participate in some kind of self-harming behavior
  • Eating disorders affect almost 5 percent of young women in America
  • 1 percent of female adolescents are anorexic
  • 1 to 3 percent of middle and high school girls are bulimic
  • 15 percent of young women have unhealthy attitudes and behaviors about food

As we said before girls fall apart often from the outside in.  They develop struggles such as eating disorders, self-mutilation, addictions to drugs and alcohol, and other issues as a way to numb—or control this newfound pain that feels so out of their control.  Each of these issues warrants a different response, but each comes from the same source—an intense dislike, or self-hatred, of the girls themselves.  How do we help, as adults who love them? READ MORE

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Q&A Thursday: Has Cutting Become Trendy With Kids Today?

“I don’t even know why I did it.  I’m sad some.  And I definitely get mad at myself.  But it’s just that I’ve heard lots of people talking about it at school.  It’s like it’s almost cool to be sad.  Why in the world would cutting be trendy?”

These words were actually spoken by a teenage girl to one of our counselors at Daystar recently.  And, the sad truth of the matter, it has.  Probably close to twelve years ago, I heard my first instance of a teenager cutting.  She was severely depressed and had been using a razor to cut marks on the tops of her legs. READ MORE

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