For teens, stress can come from all directions.
The pressures of schoolwork, worries about future success, a cramped schedule, relationships at home and with friends and keeping track of social media can all mix into a soup of stress and anxiety.”We see some high performing academic youth, you think they have everything going for them and they are a bundle of nerves,” said Maureen Brogan, program director at Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth, a youth suicide prevention program at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.
Typically, teens can feel anxiety over school, relationship and other issues, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But for others, it can be a more serious problem: one in five has had a serious mental health issue in their lives, the agency said.Teens can be resilient and work their way through the every day stresses of life. It can help them deal with times when more serious events and tragedies happen, Brogan said.
For instance, school youth around the country were hit hard by the Valentine’s Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 14 students and three teachers.
So how do you keep moving forward? How do you not get dragged down by it all?