Teenagers and Stress From School
If you think teenagers are feeling an enormous amount of stress and pressure, you’re not alone. And if you’re a parent of a teenager, you’ve likely witnessed an increase in their stress levels as they grow and move through high school and early adolescence. But, why are teenagers so stressed and where did it come from?
Between figuring out who they are, navigating the social environment and balancing the pressure to strive for excellence and avoid failure while making perfect grades and participating in extracurriculars, teenagers certainly have a full plate. According to a poll conducted by NPR, almost 40 percent of parents say their high schooler is experiencing a lot of stress from school and a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association found that 45 percent of teens said they were stressed by school pressures.
While a little stress is okay, too much stress can backfire and take a major toll on the health of adolescents. For example, chronic stress can cause a sense of panic and paralysis, making them feel “stuck,” only adding to the stress.
So, what can parents do?
Talk to your kids about the stress they may be feeling about the things happening in their life. Additionally, have your teen talk to someone outside of their immediate circle, such as Dr. McNeely from Wellspring. Contact us at Wellspring Behavioral Health today to learn more about our services.
Two Years After ‘Opt Out,’ Are Students Taking Fewer Tests?
More than two years has passed since the height of the “opt out” movement, where many parents and teachers participated in the national outcry over the weeks students spent filling in bubbles on standardized tests.
Since the height of the movement, what has changed, or what do you feel has changed, with standardized testing? If your answer to this question is “not much,” you’re close to the right answer. Because Federal testing requirements remain virtually the same, experts agree that there is very little evidence to show that standardized testing has been reduced on a nationwide scale.
For Teens, Depression Can Worsen This Time Of Year
Secret Santas and ugly sweater parties might seem like the highlight of the year, but when you’re suffering from depression, the holiday season can be anything but merry and bright – particularly if you’re a teen.
So while festive carols and family gatherings might sound like the perfect cure for depression, the opposite can be the case. Teens dealing with family dysfunction or those without supportive social circle can feel even more isolated this time of year – particularly as the rest of the world appears to be sharing the delights of the season.