Stress on high schoolers seems to have a large effect on their overall mental health and emotional stability.
This stress can lead to emotional instability, depression, and forms of self harm as a coping mechanism.
Even before the pressures of work and adulthood set in, for most young Americans, stress has already become a fact of daily life.
And this sets the stage early for unhealthy behaviors and lifestyle choices that may increase the risk of developing stress-related health problems down the road.
Many factors can contribute to this stress and the negative effects it can take on one’s body and mind.
With students and their undeveloped minds, stress takes a larger toll on their current and future health.American teenagers are now the most stressed-out age group in the U.S., according to APA’s 2013 Stress In America survey.While adults rate their stress at a 5.1 on a 10-point scale, teens rate their stress levels at 5.8.A fairly recent study performed by UCLA researchers reports that “high school students are more stressed and anxious than ever before.More than 200,000 students were shown to have all time lows in over all mental health and emotional stability.” Psychologist Robert Leahy says, “The average high school student today has the same level of stress and anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950’s.” That’s right, the same thing that sent people to mental hospitals in the 50’s now walks our high school hallways.Personally, I really struggle with stress caused by academics.However, almost 40 percent of parents say their high-schooler is experiencing a lot of stress from school, according to a new NPR poll conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.In most cases, that stress is from academics, not social issues or bullying, the poll found.Last year, the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America survey found that Millennials, aged 18-33, were the country’s most-stressed generation.Now, the title belongs to an even younger demographic: American teenagers.