Study offers clues as to why teens are more susceptible to addiction and mental illness Drugs or alcohol, addiction is a growing public health concern among the whole world. What often begins as experimentation, curiosity, or the result of peer pressure can turn into a brutal cycle of addiction that can destroy promising young lives. Teen’s behavior can be negative in different forms, i.e inexplicable, stressful, hurtful and often worrying. Teenagers do have impulsive and risk taking habits, which make them more vulnerable towards addiction and mental illnesses. At this age span teenagers just go for the principle of immediate gratification. They don’t even focus on regard, and yet they are not aware of the long terms consequences.  


Fariha Naz11Fariha Naz had served as a trainee clinical psychologist in Psychiatry Department of Jinnah hospital and Mayo Hospital Lahore. These training periods included assessment and management of psychological disorders. In Mayo Hospital she worked in play settings, where she worked on psychological testing. During her training period she consulted books of psychiatry for getting extensive knowledge on medicine for psychiatric patients. She has also conducted workshop on stress management.

Editor: Shumaila Batool


They are more dramatic, away from rationality and enjoy taking high risks in life. And they have a deep need for both greater independence and tender loving care. The teenage years are a time of major development of the brain, particularly those areas associated with self control, maturity, and decision-making. All of these characteristics are essential for making right choices in life. Fariha 1 If drugs hit the brain when it is not developed properly, then a teenager can get involved in risky behavior such as risky and impulsive.  When drugs hit the immature brain, then it becomes very difficult for the teenagers to resist the initial temptation of using drugs. As we all know that human brain development and connectivity is not fully completed until about the age of 25. Onset of addiction can be at any age, but it usually starts when a person is young, having hormonal changes.  If a teenager continues to use drugs despite harmful consequences, he or she can meet the criteria for drug addiction. The teen years are often considered the most difficult period of a person’s life, which requires much attention and support from parents.

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