Why Teens are Dealing with Anxiety and Stress More than Ever


With the physical and emotional changes, social pressures, family struggles, and school/work obligations, teenagers are stressing out. This isn’t surprising, considering the numerous factors interplaying and competing with one another. However, a recent report shows that teens are facing more than just daily stressors of hormones and school deadlines. As noted by the Washington Post, a report that examined over 830,000 calls, text messages, emails and chats received by the Boys Town National Hotline since 2012 has shown an upsetting pattern: teens are struggling daily with thoughts of anxiety, depression, and suicide.

There has been a 12% spike of mental anguish among teenagers who have contacted the hotline within the past 5 years. A survey conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at U.C.L.A. found in 1985 that 18% of freshman felt overwhelmed by everything they had to do. By 2010, this number rose to 29%. Last year, the findings rose to 41%. Teens are becoming even more stressed and anxious; Time Magazine notes that between technology, school and work responsibilities, relationships, and worries concerning career, climate change, and societal issues such as sexism and racism, teens are exhausted.

Technology does present many concerns, with teenagers often struggling to maintain online identities and still manage their real-life tasks. Amy Morin, licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, college psychology instructor and author of her book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, stated on Psychology Today that technology often offers kids an unhealthy way to escape their reality – immersing themselves into video games or chatting on social media is used as an escape to feelings like boredom, loneliness, or sadness. Teenagers aren’t the only ways relying on technology, however. Parents are picking up on these habits, using their phone way more than needed. This can great distance between kids and parents, and can set back connection building.

There is a theory that teenagers just aren’t as resilient as they used to be. Unhealthy family structures provide even more feelings of uncertainty for teens, and parents often unknowingly teach their teen to avoid anger, sadness, and guilt by the way they handle their own emotions in front of their child. The Washington Post further states that teens thrive off relationships and connections; when they feel less connected – whether it be to family or friends – their mental capacity is exacerbated.

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