Boredom is most problematic during adolescence. Adolescents are in the process of defining themselves as being autonomous of their parents and different from the children they were. Activities they enjoyed when they were younger now feel like childish games, but they have not fully developed the interests that will dominate their lives as adults. It is an experimental and stressful time. Adolescents who find themselves unable to navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood sometimes retreat into depression or social pathologies, such as drug use or delinquency.
Boredom in adolescents can also be a sign of a lack of intellectual stimulation in school. More challenging schoolwork can prevent a talented adolescent from becoming bored with school. Boredom can also be effectively alleviated by directing a teen's energy toward creative outlets. Expressing oneself creatively is one of the best methods of coping with boredom and depression because these areas have the potential to seriously engage an adolescent's mind.
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