Now that the school year is in full swing, many young people are feeling the weight of academic demands. But how much strain students experience may depend less on their workloads and more on how they think about the very nature of stress. Psychologists agree that while chronic or traumatic stress can be toxic, garden-variety stress — such as the kind that comes with taking a big test — is typically a normal and healthy part of life. But the conventional wisdom is that stress does harm and so, accordingly, we should aim to reduce, prevent or avoid it.
Teens feeling stressed, and many not managing it well
The growing teen epidemic: Stress
Teens routinely say that their school-year stress levels are far higher than they think is healthy and their average reported stress exceeds that of adults, per an annual survey published by the American Psychological Association. On average, teens reported their stress level was 5. The most common reported sources of stress were school 83 percent , getting into a good college or deciding what to do after high school 69 percent , and financial concerns for their family 65 percent. In another survey on youth stress, the sources were school work 78 percent , parents 68 percent , romantic relationships 64 percent , friend problems 64 percent and younger siblings 64 percent. Another 35 percent of teens reported that stress caused them to lie awake at night and 26 percent said that they are overeating or eating unhealthy foods in the past month. The pressures of schoolwork, family life, social life, sports or other activities, combined with a relentless media culture, result in young people being more stressed than ever before. They reported sleeping on average 7.
Teens Are More Stressed Than Adults
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By: Valerie Long, Ph. Stress in American teens is on the rise. In a recent survey reported by the American Psychological Association, teens reported their stress level to be higher than what they believe is healthy.