Stress is the body’s reaction to a challenge, which could be anything from outright physical danger to asking someone for a date or trying out for a sports team.
Let’s face it- we all get stressed from time to time. But not all stress is bad. Stress is a perfectly normal reaction to feeling pressure. Stress helps you to deal with life’s challenges, to give your best performance, and to meet a tough situation with focus. The body’s stress response is important and necessary.
Stress in teens is an important, yet commonly overlooked, health issue. Between puberty, changing relationships with peers and the demands of school and families, the teen years can be notorious for rapid changes that cause stress. However, the way in which you cope with this stress can have significant short and long-term consequences on their physical and emotional health.
#DYK (Did You Know?) – Howard County Facts
Mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, are common responses to chronic or prolonged periods of stress.
Nationally, 1 in 5 children between the ages of 13 and 18 are diagnosed with a mental health illness. (source: NIMH, 2016)
In Howard County, 17% of parents said that their child has either been diagnosed with depression or anxiety. (source: HC Health Assessment 2018)
24.2% of Howard County Middle School students reported feeling sad or hopeless within a year, with 23% seriously considering a suicide attempt. (source: The 2018 Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey)
28.4% of high school students in the county reported feeling sad or hopeless throughout one year, while 19.3% of females and 12.6% of males made plans to attempt suicide. (source: The 2018 Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey)
Common Sources of Stress
Common Sources Of Stress
• School pressure and career decisions
• After-school or summer jobs
• Dating and friendships
• Death of a loved one
• Pressure to wear certain types of clothing, jewelry, or hairstyles
• Pressure to experiment with drugs, alcohol, or sex
• Changes in your body and/or pressure to be a particular size or body shape. With girls, the focusis often weight. With boys, it is usually a certain muscular or athletic physique.
• Dealing with the physical and cognitive changes of puberty
• Family conflicts and financial problems
• Being bullied or exposed to violence or sexual harassment
•Busy schedules – juggling school, sports, after-school activities, social life, and family obligations
Stress is the biggest weight you can’t see. That’s why it can be hard to tell just how stressed you are until it’s too late. Don’t get to “too late.”
Healthy Minds Being healthy means dealing with the changes in your body – and your mind. Relationships, body image, families, emotions can all lead to stress in your life. Learn how to positively and effectively cope with these common stressors.
Crisis Text Line Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis.
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