Changes that occur during puberty – 1

1. Feeling overly sensitive

During puberty, since your body undergoes many changes, it is common to feel uncomfortable about them and become overly sensitive about your physical appearance. As a result you may feel irritated quite easily, lose your temper or feel depressed. It will be useful to be aware of the changes in your behaviour and talk about it with someone that you’re comfortable talking to.

Illustration of feeling overly sensitive, an adolescent girl in front of the mirror worried about acne on her face while an adolescent boy looking at a mirror admires a little bulge in his biceps - Menstrupedia

2. Looking for an identity

Since you are in the process of becoming an adult, you may feel inclined to figure out what makes you unique as a person. There is also a general tendency that you associate more with your friends than your family members. Psychologically, it may be because your friends are going through a similar phase as you. You may try to figure out how you are different from others and how you fit into the world. This may eventually lead to some sort of a struggle to become more independent of your parents and family.

Illustration of adolescent boys and girls standing with their parents looking for an identity - Menstrupedia

3. Feeling uncertain

Since you’re not completely an adult and are not a child anymore, puberty can potentially lead to uncertain times. As a transition phase, you may begin to wonder and think about new and unfamiliar aspects of life such as career, livelihood and marriage. Since, all of this is new and unfamiliar when you start thinking along these directions, you may feel uncertain about the future.

This uncertainty becomes more evident when the expectations that people close to you have from you also change. You may be expected to take on greater responsibilities than what was expected from you as a child. Eventually you will grow into your new roles and become more certain about yourself, but this process will take its own time depending on how you respond to this situation.

Illustration of a boy and a girl sitting sadly feeling uncertain about future - Menstrupedia

4. Peer pressure

With the onset of puberty, your conversations with your friends will increase. Your peer group and you are likely to be influenced by what you see around you in popular media and the culture that is represented through them. You might often pick up on what’s in and what’s out in terms of the way you dress, your language and even your behaviour depending upon what you see.

This maybe uncomfortable at times and would probably even change your likes and dislikes. It’s also one of the ways in which you struggle to fit in with your peers. These events can lead to a gap between what is perceived as appropriate by your parents and your friends.

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