A teen is on a family trip, but anxiety over missing tests and school work takes the fun out of the daily excursions.
Another student worries he won’t make the baseball team.
And another feels her friends aren’t listening to her and don’t understand her problems.
With the school year in full swing, these issues and more are common occurrences for many teens. They are busy maintaining homework, participating in school and sports activities, and engaging in new and old friendships. Even though this can bring excitement, it also can — and most likely will — create anxiety and stress. It’s important to remember that youth might not have much experience coping with anxiety and stress and to be aware when unhealthy habits are created to reduce symptoms.