Getting Rid of 4 Types of Stress for Ourselves and Our Teens

How to Get Rid of 4 Types of Stress for Ourselves and Our Teens

Stress has become such a pervasive component in our lives as Americans, that the American Psychological Association has developed a campaign called the Mind/Body Health campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to educate us about how lifestyle and behaviors can affect our health and wellness.

In the 2014 Stress in America Survey, the APA reports, “The average reported stress level of adults is higher than the level of stress they believe is healthy.” Disturbingly, the study found that our teenagers are also experiencing stress.

Excerpt from Dr Daemon Jones’s  article in EmpowHer- Read more 

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7 Ways to De-Stress and Totally Chill Out This Finals Season

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Stress — we all have it. Between tests, term papers, finding a date to winter formal, working a part-time job, and dealing with family drama, it’s amazing we get anything done. The American Psychological Association defines stress as “an emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological and behavioral changes,” and 80% of college students experience it daily.

Excerpt from Kate Dwyer’s article in TeenVogue– Read more.

Schools should hand out diplomas, not disorders

High school students being dropped off at school.

This fall, nearly 55 million kids will report to elementary or secondary school, according to the U.S. Department of Education — an increase of 30,000 over last year. On Long Island, nearly 450,000 students in pre-K through 12th grade will report to class this school year.

Unfortunately, the journey from kindergarten to commencement is inflicting damage on kids. More than eight in 10 students report moderate to extreme stress, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Psychological Association. And levels of teen anxiety and depression are skyrocketing.

Excerpt from Alan Shusterman’s comment in Newsday- Read more

Le Roy author travels the world of teens

BATAVIA — Teens may very well live in a world all their own.

Retired psychologist, author and columnist Joseph Langen has found a way to at least visit them. He has written a book, “Make the Best of Your Teen Years.”

“I wanted to give them some things to think about,” he said at his Le Roy home. “They’re trying to figure out who they are and who they want to be.”

He actually started writing it several years ago and then stopped. He thought he was about finished with the project but left it alone for awhile. Then he asked some people to read it and they — adults and teens alike — said they wanted to see more of the stories. So he went back to work on it and ended up with 11 chapters and a story for each. There are also poems to set the tone.

Langen dedicated his book to his very subjects: a group of teens that shared their own struggles, concerns and experiences. Instead of writing what he thought kids deal with, Langen first issued questionnaires followed by in-depth interviews to be able to better understand their world.

After working with that age group for 35 years, he figured he had a good starting point. But there needed to be more. As a teen, one is no longer a child and not yet an adult, he said. There can be many topics those youth find troubling or, at the very least, puzzling.

So he dove into topics of one’s emotions, family, friends, physical, mental and sexual health, love, difficulties, spirituality and future. Areas within those topics include suicide, self-injury, substance abuse, bullying, death, homosexuality and pregnancy. Each chapter includes a story, loosely based, about a day in the life of a teen.

For example, Alice talks about her appearance while John discovers why a stranger makes him so angry. After the story, Langen makes a series of suggestions. To make better sense of your feelings, he suggests that the reader make a list of things he/she feels bad about and another list of everything he/she is good at doing.

“I wanted to help teens realize they’re not weird,” he said. “The virtual world has taken over. It has really taken away the human part of interaction. It is OK to talk with other people. Don’t limit yourselves to texting. They know what you’re saying but not how you’re feeling.”

He thinks it might be a good idea that parents read some of the book as well. He wasn’t certain if troubled teens would be as inclined to just read this book themselves. It may be a nice gift from a parent, teacher or counselor. It’s also a helpful aid for peers to be able to understand one another, he said.

“The stories are not about any one person; they’re to give you an idea of what it’s like for kids,” he said. “I think it can be a bridge for talking about difficult things with your parents. Teenagers are sort of a mystery.”

Langen worked for more than three decades with children, teens, adults and seniors to help them to deal with assorted stress. He has written six books and his next project is to condense a previous book into 30 pages about stress for teens and adults.

Langen has a blog at https://bestteenyears.wordpress.com/.

For more information about his book, go to Amazon.com. The book is available in either paperback or ebook formats.

Article by Joanne Beck, The Daily News, Batavia NY

Jul 28, 2015 09:12 AM EDT / By Hanna Sanchez Nyack Hospital Psychiatrist Michael Levy Gives Parents Advice On Helping Teens Deal With New School Year Stress

Young Boy Deals With New School Year Stress

Nyack Hospital’s Consultation/Liaison Psychiatrist Michael Levy shared some tips on how teens, as well as their parents, can deal with new school year stress.

“Every year, we see teen visits to the emergency room for behavior and mood issues spike in October,” Levy told PR Newswire in an interview. “At that point, these teens have been back to school for a few weeks, and things have started to unravel for them either academically or socially.”

Excerpt from Hanna Sanchez’s post in ischoolguide. Read more.

More vulnerable teens as stress levels increase

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“Many young people find it difficult to talk about their struggle and to express the pain they are feeling inside,” she said. “They tend to hide their pain behind a facade, not knowing where, how or who they can approach for help. Some may try to cope on their own in ways that can be harmful to themselves.”

Excerpt from an article in Asia OneRead more. 

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The Reality of Teen Peer Pressure

Right now it is 1:30 in the morning, and I just really can’t sleep because of stuff I’ve got on my mind.

So here we go.

From first to eighth grade, we had a “Guidance” period, which was an extra period we had in place of one of our extra curricular periods every week. The teacher taught us about peer pressure for alcohol and drugs. We had D.A.R.E. which was the same thing but mainly for drugs.

(Excerpt from the blog The Reality of Teen Peer Pressure ‹ Reader — WordPress.com.)