The Stress Epidemic Stress can destroy a human physically, emotionally, and mentally. The average high school student in this generation shows to have higher stress and anxiety levels, along with increased medical problems from this stress, than ever before. 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. But what exactly can cause so much stress on a student, what effects will it have on them, and why is no one doing anything about it?
For what causes stress on a student, the answer could lie within many things. However, almost 40 percent of parents say their
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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. 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. According to APA's 2013 Stress In America survey , teens report that their stress level during the school year (5.8/10) far exceeds what they believe to be a healthy level of stress (3.9/10). 31 percent of teens report feeling overwhelmed as a result of stress, 30 percent say that they feel sad or depressed as a result of stress, and 36 percent report feeling tired or fatigued because of stress. One recent study from the Stanford School of Medicine indicates that the number of children, ages 7-17, treated for depression more than doubled between 1995 and 2001.
Another study suggests that these stress levels lead to multiple forms of self inflicted harm as a way to cope. Non-Suicidal Self-Injury is the deliberate, direct destruction of body tissue without conscious suicidal intent. A new study suggests this is a relatively common occurrence for adolescents in high school. Led by researchers at The Miriam Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, nearly half of the teens studied endorsed some form of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) in the past