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50% Increase in Teens Experiencing Stress Since 2011

How concerned should we be with the increase of mental health issues among teens?


What's going on?

A new survey conducted by the American Psychological Association finds that American teens rate their stress level at 5.8, which is above the stress level of adults at 5.1. According to the National Institute of Mental Health in 2016, 62 percent of college students said they feel overwhelmed with anxiety, which is an increase of 50 percent since 2011. Both these reports supports the trend of the rise in teen’s stress and anxiety level compared to before.


Generally, anxiety is a normal reaction to stress as it helps people to handle overwhelming situations, and it is inevitable to experience some level of anxiety from time to time. This happens to both adults and teens. However, a shocking report back in 2008 showed that the average high school students during that time is experiencing the same level of anxiety as an average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s.


High level of stress and anxiety can cause a range of physical and emotional symptoms and problems. If it’s not managed well, it can develop further into an anxiety disorder. While stress cannot be completely eliminated, it can be managed better physically through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and quality sleep. On a mental level, stress can be addressed and controlled by breaking it down into smaller steps, so it does not become overwhelming. Finally, one can manage stress better by finding fun ways to relax – whether that is listening to music, spending time with friends, or trying a new hobby.