Alleviating The Symptoms Of ADHD Through Lucky Charms

The symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD are restlessness, compulsiveness, and inability to concentrate. It disrupts a person’s focus, making him jump from one activity to another. It influences a person’s motor skills thus affecting his daily tasks and relationships. There are some ways you can alleviate the symptoms of ADHD, and among those is the use of “lucky charms.”…

Too Late For Regrets

(A Teen’s Realization on Peer Pressure and Making the Right Decisions)

Maureen and Marina are twins and they’ve been each other’s rock ever since they were born. The pair were inseparable up until high school when Maureen met a transferee named Dina. At one look, you’d never anticipate that Dina was trouble. She seemed innocent and was in fact very respectful to Maureen and Marina’s parents whenever she was at their home.

 

When the two became close, they went to parties and did some stuff – drinking, smoking, and some marijuana. Marina was always shut out because she wouldn’t join them and that’s how Dina liked it. If she can’t control her friend, she’d dump her. Maureen eventually chose Dina over her twin because Dina was a lot of fun to be with. Marina had to beg her sister to stay away from Dina but to no avail.

 

Peer pressure kicks in

Dina was sexually active and she decided it was time for Maureen to “belong” to the group. She pressured Maureen into seeing and giving in to this guy named Kip who was a chain smoker and a marijuana addict. In short, Maureen surrendered her virginity to Kip and a month later, her menses didn’t arrive as scheduled. Maureen got pregnant, but she didn’t know she was pregnant right away. She continued with her drinking, smoking and pot sessions which resulted in a complicated pregnancy.

 

Consequences of giving in to peer pressure

 

Maureen and Marina are 28 years old now and they lead very different lives. Marina is still unmarried and is beginning her career as a dental practitioner. You could say that Marina chose to stay away from vices like smoking, drinking, and drugs while she pursued a medical course which is dentistry. She thought of her future first and fun was limited to clean enjoyment. It wasn’t a boring life for Marina. She too experienced boys and parties, but she always had a dream – I want to live a comfortable life after I graduate from high school.

 

Marina envisioned herself to have her own house, fully paid car, a long-term successful career and eventually, a family. A husband who is equally professional with two kids; Marina dreamed for this and it was her driving force back then.

 

Maureen wasn’t as lucky as Marina and that was because of her choice – that one wrong move of giving in to peer pressure. She stopped high school the year she got pregnant and was only able to finish two years after that. Maureen’s baby had a heart condition because of her smoking and drug use. She wasn’t also able to proceed to college like Marina. Maureen had to take care of her child and do vocational courses on the side.

 

Regrets too late…

 

If you ask Maureen, she will tell you that her biggest regret was choosing to give in to peer pressure. Now that she is mature, she understands that it was her mistake all along. If she had said no to smoking, drinking and drugs like what Marina did, her life would have been different. Having the baby was not a mistake for her, but she feels awful all the time that she has to work many jobs just to support her disabled child. Her money is not enough and her time is very little. Maureen is always torn between the many things to do and her life is truly stressful.

 

Online Therapy

 

Marina, being single and who has achieved most of her dreams in life by the time she was 26, assisted her sister. First, she asked Maureen to speak with a therapist from this site. Maureen had to gain back her self-worth so she can fight her inner demons (depression and anxiety) and move on with her life.

 

Moving on with life

Speaking with a therapist has made Maureen a well-rounded person. She was able to forgive herself and has been very positive about life since then. While she works days, at nights Maureen goes to school and wants to finish a Family Counseling course. She aims to become a counselor someday. It has always been of interest to her and hopefully, she’ll be able to regain her life.

No one must suffer from past mistakes and the only way to go is onwards for the better, as Marina would say.…

Peer Pressure And Social Media

 

Peer pressure, if not dealt with accordingly, often has an unfavorable effect on our youth. This is supposed to be the time of their lives when they start to cultivate their own identity. This is the time when they develop interests in some aspects of life such as hobbies, music, fashion and other things that would set them apart from the rest. Sadly, some of them are lost in trying to find themselves. There’s the desire to fit in and please everyone around that they set aside their own truth.…

The Drawbacks Of Suffering In Silence While Being Bullied

Bullying is the abuse of power and strength or in other words, it is aggressive behavior used to control and manipulate a specific individual. A bully intentionally harms a peer that seems less threatening. There are different ways a person can bully, some do so by physically harming the said individual, whereas others do it subtly by taunting, exposing secrets, teasing, saying spiteful things and so on. Most people consider bullying a norm or custom and some teenagers even consider it cool to be bullied or be bullies in a popular group. At the time, they may not realize it, but being bullied leaves lasting side effects especially if the victim seems to not retaliate in any way whatsoever.

Below are a few lasting effects of suffering in silence when being bullied:…

The Role Of Teachers In Helping Teens Overcome Bullying

 

In recent years, bullying has become a problem that has grown at an exponential rate. With young adults and teenagers facing tougher challenges and bullying becoming more common, many parents are now worried about the well-being of their children. The act itself ranges from taunts and teasing to harassment and physical threats. A bigger concern these days is cyber bullying.

It is essential to prevent any trauma on children arising from these bullying incidents. Parents and teachers must take immediate action against it. While parents do their part at home, teachers can play an immense role in affecting the behavior of the bully and the victim. In doing so, it can be highly effective in stopping the issue before it gets out of hand.…

Difference Between Positive and Negative Peer Pressure

 

Peer pressure refers to when an individual is influenced by his peers, usually in a group of young individuals. Parents are often concerned about the social circle of their kids since peer pressure plays an important part in their children’s lives. Peer pressure falls into two categories – positive and negative. Given below are the differences between the two categories and how negative peers can pressure and bully an individual who is supposedly their “friend”:…

How To Be Able To Say No To Situations You Are Uncomfortable With

 

 

There are various situations in life where it is important to be able to say “no”. An example of such situations includes negative peer pressure, people who force individuals to use drugs or extracurricular activities that can risk a person’s safety. In certain situations, saying no might seem hard, but it is actually more beneficial rather than to be pushed into doing something that is detrimental to one’s well-being. However, the question arises: Why is it so difficult to say no?…

Tips To Help You Stay Confident While Dealing With Bullies

 

Bullying is one of the most common problems in different areas around the world. Whether it is a bully in school or a bully at a workplace, people often face this issue at various stages in life. Therefore, it is essential to remain confident while dealing with bullies. Below are a few tips to help the victim stay confident in such situations:

  1. Avoid aggressive reaction

The first step is to not react aggressively to the incident. The victim of bullying should show minimum reaction in order to show the bullies that the act has no impact on the victim. If the victim shows feelings of being hurt or discomfort, it satisfies and encourages the bully to continue. Thus, when no aggressive reaction is shown, the bully eventually gives up trying to inflict hurt and pain.…