Photo Essay AP PSYCH -Corina azpurua

THIS PHOTO ESSAY WILL show WHAT many teenage girls go THROUGH WHILE GROWING UP during their school years

According to the U.S. Department of Justice

Period that ranges from age thirteen to early twenties. During the adolescent phase, the body goes through extreme physical and emotional changes. Awkward phase in which the young person is physically not a child anymore, yet still dependent on parents/guardians.

Adolescence is also a period of time in which teenagers are very vulnerable to the opinion of others... makes them very susceptible to bullying.


Studies have proven that being or feeling bullied leaves a harmful effect on an individual which can lead to mental Heath problems, low self-esteem, poor school performance, DEPRESSION, etc...

Identity vs. Role Confusion

Erickson's theory of role vs. confusion. Fifth stage of his theory of psychosocial development. According to Erickson, teenagers go through this stage from ages 12 to 18. During this stage adolescents try to explore their independence and explore their sense of self...

TEENAGERS OFTEN FEEL LOST DUE TO A LACK OF IDENTITY....very hard to establish a sense of identity when being bullied, since the bully's objective might be to create insecurities on the person being bullied.



During the teenage years, teenagers start to develop romantic crushes. Romantic crushes consists of someone liking another person because they find him/her attractive and look forward to being around him/her, and want to spend time with that person.

Commonly, when a person has a crush that person will go to great lengths to be liked by their crush and that willingness could easily lead to conformity.

Conformity is one of the most common forms in which social influence manifests itself. It has been commonly defined by psychologists as a change in belief or behavior in order to fit in with a group.

Due to a lack of identity, Teenagers are most likely to conform when they wish to fit in with a certain group of "friends," in order to not feel left out.


According to the Pearson definition, stress is defined as an experience in which people undergo physical, emotional, cognitive, or behavioral events that are seen as threatening or challenging.

Teenage girls (and boys) experience a lot of stress, due to their willingness of wanting to fit in, dealing with expectations and earning good grades, lack of sleep, etc... Great amounts of stress can be extremely unhealthy, leading to obsessions and abuses such as substance abuse, and depression


Statistically, girls are two times more likely to experience teenage depression than boys the same age as them. Why is that? In terms of emotional recognition, most girls mature faster than boys, which makes them more vulnerable to experience depression/anxiety.

Many teenagers try to conform and be just like their "friends," but even after that they might still not feel accepted and start showing symptoms associated with depression: differences in mood/ behavior such as withdrawal, loss of appetite, change in sleeping patterns, etc...

The amygdala is associated with emotions such as anger, pleasure, fear, etc... the amygdala is activated when a person is experiencing memories that come with certain emotions. Research has shown that the amygdala's activity increases when a person is depressed.

Substance abuse wether it be drugs, alcohol or both can get in the way of a person's fulfillment of his/her responsibilities. Drugs and alcohol are extremely addicitve causing a quick dependence. Stress can also be a factor that leads to depression and substance abuse.

"women with depression are over four times more likely to become alcohol-dependent"

A teenage girl who is being bullied and is depressed can see alcohol and drugs as a way to escape her situation for even just a little longer. Through continuous use of the drugs, she might develop a dependency towards them.


Self-help groups/group therapies are designed around a particular problem. Many people prefer group therapies since psychologists and psychiatrists charge a fee and those seeking therapy think that their healing process will be most successful by talking to people who are going through the same things as they are.

Teenagers often feel like no one understands them, especially their own family. Group therapies are a economical and effective way of not feeling alone, just understood.

Anti-depressant drugs

Anti-depressant drugs are used to cure and treat depression symptoms. They can be very effecrive if correct dosage is administered and patient takes them according to the dr.'S prescription.

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