“I’m bored!” This is one line that parents often hear from their teenagers. Though it is normal to get bored at times, in teenagers, one cannot sweep boredom under the rug for it is linked with substance use disorders (SUD). Puberty and gonadal hormones like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone can lead to anxiety, restlessness and boredom.
In a past study, more than a fourth of the total study population of 22,000 teenagers stated that they were bored in school. One of the consequences of being bored is that it can lead to imprudent and impulsive actions like trying alcohol and other addictive substances. And once a teen discovers that their boredom can be dealt with using these substances, they might fall prey to frequent and ultimately prolonged use, leading to addiction. Thus, parents need to be watchful of their bored teens and help them navigate through the phase, creatively and safely. Read more