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For some teenagers, anxiety becomes a chronic, highpitched state, interfering with their ability to attend school and to perform up to their academic potential. Participating in extracurricular activities, making and keeping friends, and maintaining a supportive, flexible relationship within the family become difficult. Sometimes anxiety is limited to generalized, free-floating feelings of uneasiness. At other times, it develops into panic attacks and phobias.

Identifying the Signs Anxiety disorders vary from teenager to teenager. Symptoms generally include excessive fears and worries, feelings of inner restlessness, and a tendency to be excessively wary and vigilant. Even in the absence of an actual threat, some teenagers describe feelings of continual nervousness, restlessness, or extreme stress. In a social setting, anxious teenagers may appear dependent, withdrawn, or uneasy.

They seem either overly restrained or overly emotional. They may be preoccupied with worries about losing control or unrealistic concerns about social competence. Teenagers who suffer from excessive anxiety regularly experience a range of physical symptoms as well. They may complain about muscle tension and cramps, stomachaches, headaches, pain in the limbs and back, fatigue, or discomforts associated with pubertal changes. They may blotch, flush, sweat, hyperventilate, tremble, and startle easily. Anxiety during adolescence typically centers on changes in the way the adolescent's body looks and feels, social acceptance, and conflicts about independence.

When flooded with anxiety, adolescents may appear extremely shy. They may avoid their usual activities or refuse to engage in new experiences. They may protest whenever they are apart from friends. Or in an attempt to diminish or deny their fears and worries, they may engage in risky behaviors, drug experimentation, or impulsive sexual behavior.


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Panic Disorder More common in girls than boys, panic disorder emerges in adolescence usually between the ages of fifteen and nineteen. Feelings of intense panic may arise without any noticeable cause or they may be triggered by specific situations, in which case they are called panic attacks. A panic attack is an abrupt episode of severe anxiety with accompanying emotional and physical symptoms.

During a panic attack, the youngster may feel overwhelmed by an intense fear or discomfort, a sense of impending doom, the fear he's going crazy, or sensations of unreality. Accompanying the emotional symptoms may be shortness of breath, sweating, choking, chest pains, nausea, dizziness, and numbness or tingling in his extremities. During an attack, some teens may feel they're dying or can't think.

Following a panic attack, many youngsters worry that they will have other attacks and try to avoid situations that they believe may trigger them. Because of this fearful anticipation, the teen may begin to avoid normal activities and routines. Phobias Many fears of younger children are mild, passing, and considered within the range of normal development. Some teenagers develop exaggerated and usually inexplicable fears called phobias that center on specific objects or situations. These intense fears can limit a teenager's activities.

The fear generated by a phobia is excessive and not a rational response to a situation. The objects of a phobia usually change as a child gets older. While very young children may be preoccupied with the dark, monsters, or actual dangers, adolescents' phobic fears tend to involve school and social performance. Several studies have revealed an increase in school avoidance in middle-school or junior-high years. With school avoidance, excessive worries about performance or social pressures at school may be at the root of the reluctance to attend school regularly.

This leads to a cycle of anxiety, physical complaints, and school avoidance. The cycle escalates with the worsening of physical complaints such as stomachaches, headaches, and menstrual cramps. Visits to the doctor generally fail to uncover general medical explanations. The longer a teenager stays out of school, the harder it becomes for him to overcome his fear and anxiety and return to school.

He feels increasingly isolated from school activities and different from other kids. Some youngsters are naturally more timid than others, As their bodies, voices, and emotions change during adolescence, they may feel even more self-conscious. Despite initial feelings of uncertainty, most teens are able to join in if given time to observe and warm up. In extreme cases, called social phobia, the adolescent becomes very withdrawn, and though he wants to take part in social activities, he's unable to overcome intense self-doubt and worry.

Gripped by excessive or unreasonable anxiety when faced with entering a new or unfamiliar social situation, the adolescent with social phobia becomes captive to unrelenting fears of other people's judgment or expectations. He may deal with his social discomfort by fretting about his health, appearance, or overall competence. Alternatively, he may behave in a clowning or boisterous fashion or consume alcohol to deal with the anxiety.

Because so much of a teenager's social life gets played out in school, social phobia may overlap with and be hard to distinguish from school avoidance. Some teens with social phobia may try to sidestep their anxious feelings altogether by refusing to attend or participate in school, Classroom and academic performance falls off, involvement in social and extracurricular activities dwindles, and, as a consequence, self-esteem declines.

Some teens may experience such a high level of anxiety that they cannot leave the house. This disorder, agoraphobia, seems to stem from feelings about being away from parents and fears of being away from home rather than fear of the world. In fact, a number of children who demonstrate severe separation anxiety in early childhood go on to develop agoraphobia as adolescents and adults.

Causes and Consequences Most researchers believe that a predisposition towards timidity and nervousness is inborn. If one parent is naturally anxious, there's a good chance that their child will also have anxious tendencies. At the same time, a parent's own uneasiness is often communicated to the child, compounding the child's natural sensitivity.

A cycle of increasing uneasiness may then be established. By the time this child reaches adolescence, his characteristic way of experiencing and relating to his world is tinged with anxiety. Some research suggests that children who are easily agitated or upset never learned to soothe themselves earlier in life. In many cases, adolescent anxiety disorders may have begun earlier as separation anxiety, the tendency to become flooded with fearfulness whenever separated from home or from those to whom the child is attached, usually a parent.

Adolescents can also have separation disorders. These teens may deny anxiety about separation, yet it may be reflected in their reluctance to leave home and resistance to being drawn into independent activity. All sources are anonymous, and none have consented to identity disclosure. The Johns Creek Chariot has every intention of providing its readers with factual, pertinent information.

In an academic climate, however, a level of delicacy is required. The administration of Johns Creek High School has approved this article for publication, though they do not condone its content. Accompanying photographs were staged by the Chariot staff. The difference, however, is in the details. Teen drug use is a taboo, especially in affluent suburbs. Despite this, when the weekend rolls around, bottles will be opened and blunts will be lit.

Every high school has a drug culture, and Johns Creek is no different. Unfortunately, teen drug use is an abstract, only definitively characterized by a lack of understanding on both sides of the issue. These statistics have always alarmed parents and administrators, but the culture behind high school hedonism is far more nuanced, and human, than Channel 2 reports. Underage drinking is illegal, but.

Ultimately, what drives teenage behavior is varied. Alcohol abuse and drug abuse can go hand in hand, and the two are often motivated by the same factors. So you can fit in. As more high school students begin to use cannabidiol CBD , however, marijuana seems to be moving in a similar, alarming direction.

Locally, CBD has seen a sudden rise in popularity. Several studies have found that the chemical compound is safe to use, but two years ago, the Food and Drug Administration warned certain brands not to make medical claims about the oil. Discrete and easy to intake, CBD can be consumed anywhere, even at school. Users do not feel the psychoactive effects of marijuana. One Johns Creek student described the experience. Your body releases endorphins, and you get. That can be fine; I have no problem with that, but keep it in mind.

The bedrock is marijuana — usage of which has steadily increased among American teens in the last decade. Participants put themselves in a unique situation when buying drugs. Participants in this lifestyle are often portrayed as solipsistic children, but their motivations are not that simple.

When asked why he smoked weed, a student offered his thoughts. But who gets excited for anything anymore? Those statistics, combined with numerous internal and external motivators, give life to the culture, despite remaining societal concerns.

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As the culture grows, there are objective downsides. Drug use can be especially problematic in a competitive, academic environment, where goal-driven philosophies push some to the edge. Not every teenager that drinks or smokes weed is self-medicating. Sometimes, it really is just about pleasure.

And as with any human endeavor, there are small glimmers of empathy and harmony beneath the exterior. But sometimes it is just dark. The United States has seen an appalling upswing in prescription drug addiction in recent years, and the problem has become a favorite nightly news headline, especially as it relates to white, suburban kids. Young people experiment with readily-available, pill-packaged opioids, and addiction to them is a biological inevitability. Prescription pills are the third most commonly abused substance in young people, behind alcohol and marijuana, and are by far the most deadly.

The life-shattering realities of hardcore drug abuse are somber, but there is another facet of the culture worth exploring, one that theoretically has a broader impact on the average teenager drug user than addiction. The relationships formed when smoking and drinking are not necessarily genuine, and a false sense of friendship can grow quickly when people do something illicit together. A Johns Creek senior has noticed this trend as high school has progressed.

The issue of affluence affects the culture at the school to a degree. As social groups merge and the archetypical. Where there is money to be made, and an ever-present market, some passive participants cannot resist the temptation to sell drugs. At the same time, you act with this reckless abandon. Some former dealers, however, were hyper-aware of their situation, recognizing the danger that exists on the other side of the law. People will rob you, hold guns to your head.

In the drug business, people owe money to each other, and it is a business, so money comes first. You can be as buddy-buddy as you want with someone, but as soon as you owe money or something like that Extrinsic threats are just one of the cognitive adjustments this dealer had to take care of. Abrupt social changes are guaranteed, and can be even more overwhelming.

You find out who your true friends are. Many on the outside are in the dark, and many participants are passively accepting things without critical thought. One Johns Creek senior feels strongly about what this means on a deeper level. Being aware of the consequences and educating people on the intrinsic significance of drug use is the best way of combatting its grip on society as a vice. Troubled, but carefree. Dangerous, but harmless. Pleasurable, but hedonistic. Like any human recreation, there is clear good and clear bad. Ultimately, the culture of drug use within Johns Creek is distinctly Johns Creek.

Johns Creek is made up of two-thousandodd individuals from every walk of life — and some of them use drugs. The resulting high lasts approximately a minute, and can be fatal in some instances. Like many exploitation films, it has since become a cult classic for its melodrama. As vegan, paleo, and ketogenic diets grow in popularity, it can be difficult to discern if one is right for you. Chariot staff writer Josh Gurin was challenged to go vegan for a week. When I learned that I would become a temporary vegan, I immediately made my mom go buy the assortment of produce and nuts that would keep me alive for the impending school week.

My mom brought home tree nuts, brown rice, vegan-friendly bread, a remarkable amount of peanut butter along with a few other things. With this arsenal of ingredients and snack foods, I stood tall, ready to face whatever this highly restrictive regimen had to throw at me. I was very optimistic the first day.

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I began the morning with some almond milk and a clementine, and though I was a bit famished by the time lunch rolled around, I had an insulated bag full of carefully-selected foods to satisfy my hunger. The final meal of the day was a delicious medley of rice and tofu. The beginning of this diet was not an easy adjustment, but I had no problem scraping together three tasty meals with some snackage in between.

The subsequent day was similarly. By the time the second half of my culinary journey rolled around, my new ideas had run dry and I was forced to eat the exact same cuisine that I did the first time around. I was getting sick of the taste of almonds and hummus pretty much the only two snack foods I could indulge in at a frightening rate.

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The week dragged on and I began to see meals as more of a necessity than a tasty opportunity. I began to think of cheese and eggs as these holy grails, resting on an untouchable pedestal: their appeal increased tenfold. Eating out posed serious dilemmas as well. When I went to Panera after school one day to study, for example, I had to skip out on my favorite dishes in favor of a veggie sandwich.

A menu with a few dozen choices suddenly only had three or four. Unfortunately, this situation got the best of me. When my peer threatened to throw away two perfectly good morsels of chicken, however, I was unable to restrain my hungry self and gobbled them up. I am ashamed that temptation got the best of me, and this embarrassing episode proved the unparalleled difficulty of a vegan diet. This diet, despite the health benefits, was far from easy. I challenged it head-on but left a defeated man. Interviewing students who have taken this step reveals that the ones who have made this choice do so for a variety of reasons.

In Georgia, getting a tattoo becomes legal at the age of 18, but even after reaching this milestone, students differ on their opinions about when it is best to take a trip to the local tattoo parlor. While some are content to wait and ponder their forthcoming decision, others are willing to get a tattoo as soon as they are able.

One of these students is senior Tori Shapiro, who got her tattoo the day of her 18th birthday. What does your tattoo look like? I got it because I like to go hiking, and whenever I go I get wildflowers from the same place and collect them, basically, so I got it because it meant something for me. How was the process of getting it? I got it on my 18th birthday and I went in beforehand to get it quoted and see if there were any artists at the shop who could do the design I wanted.

I actually babysit for this really religious family, and I was wearing shorts. Do you have any regrets? Would you get another tattoo? Overall, it was a really good process, and it hurt a lot, but I would definitely get another one. Where are you going to college? What are you majoring in? These are all questions seniors know too well. Plans after high school vary for everyone, but for senior Spencer Clark, his plans include traveling the world and teaching people to fly. After becoming commercially certified, Spencer obtained his flight instructor license so he could share his passion of flying with others.

Spencer is a co-owner of a flight school and teaches people of all ages how to fly. How can an eighteen year old do all of this? His days include instruction and travelling wherever and whenever he wants with little apprehension while also taking online college classes through the Embry Riddle online program to obtain a Professional Aeronautics degree. Can you tell me a little bit about your business?

The business has grown through word of mouth. Rohan started the company and I just hopped in. Initially it was a very small operation, we did not have an office at the airport, we just rented different planes, but it has grown naturally over the years. We teach people from six years old to forty years old how to fly.

NS: How did you get into aviation? SC: Flying is something I have always wanted to do since I can remember. I decided to pursue it, so when I was eleven years old I did summer camp with who was going to be my instructor and now current business partner, Rohan. From there I thought that flying was awesome and from that point I decided that this is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

I began taking lessons around that time and when I was thirteen or so I began to teach lower level classes. That was my foot in the door on the business-side of flight. I had never intended to own a flight school; it just happened. I started volunteering and getting involved, so with natural progression my passion grew. Well the best place in the world to get pizza is New York, so we just get up and fly to New York and get some pizza and fly home. That could be any typical Thursday. Five an airline?

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There is not much freedom when you fly for years ago I would have never been able to an airline. I did not want to live that lifestyle. Then I go to the So what are you currently doing airport and have my first student at around AM and end up flying six or seven times with your passion? We typically fly instructing students and teaching them from the Doraville area to around the [Johns how to fly. If a student is further along in their training, invoices. Weekends are be in the air?

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But everyday is different. Consider this a digression. This playlist opens with pop-punk icon Jeff Rosenstock, and then meanders its way through lo-fi garage rock, indie, and jazz-inspired hip-hop. With a unified condemnation of solipsism, twenty-one very different songs come together to make a true, alternative summer playlist.

The captivating film blends multiple vignettes, including a young boy washing his face in the living room and two men wrestling on a bed of flower petals. No artist today has bridged the gap between critical acclaim and commercial success in the same way, and he is a messianic figure in modern hip-hop. Good kid, m.

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Rewind the album. The seventh, and penultimate, season of the acclaimed series promises an unforgettable race. The three most powerful figures in Westeros take to their respective thrones, looking directly in the camera I squeal every time I see Kit Harington. Objectively, there are episodes of Game of Thrones that are better than most big-budget studio films. The way I see it, season 7 could be a toss up.

Many fans complained about Season 5 being slow, but the payoff was huge when Season 6 explosively tied up the existing narrative arcs. For over twenty years, the English art rock band. Hedden has maintained that there is no better live band. The groups theatricality and musical ability is evident. Seeing the group was as much a trip as hearing them.

Frontman Thom Yorke squirms and writhes as he sings; Jonny Greenwood walks off stage over and over again as he switches instruments; And the group requires two two! During the concert, I was personally bummed that they barely played any songs off In Rainbows, my favorite of their albums, but no part of the show was objectively disappointing.

The show was so dissociative. But Radiohead can still play three encores. Math rock accompanied with psychedelic visuals and experienced with nearly 20, like-minded people is an experience. I personally find it hard to enjoy larger-thanlife, arena rock shows, and I make it a rule to only pay for tickets where I can get a more intimate feel for the artist. I will say now, however, that Radiohead is the exception to the rule. Hedden there. Consequently, teens must be more aware of the real cost of caffeine consumption.

Teenagers are always warned about the harms of drug use and addiction. In countless seminars and health classes, teens are told to avoid alcohol and addictive drugs, but adults fail to warn teens about one of the most widely abused drugs around the world-because they abuse it too. From an early age, people everywhere. Many, including stressed and overworked people like students at JCHS, have so much to do that they rely on caffeine to stay awake and finish their work.

Even if they drink a caffeine product in the afternoon, it can mess with their ability to fall asleep at night, causing them to stay up even longer. Because they stay awake for so long, they end up being unable to stay awake, forcing them to rely on caffeine just to make it through the day.

As a result, teens across the country enter an endless, dangerous cycle of dependence. Not only do these effects plague those who abuse caffeine but when people become addicted to caffeine, the withdrawal symptoms can be even worse. Caffeine is one of the least recognized but most widely abused drugs.