Stress is making America sick | Plazas

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The worries that young people confess to clinical psychologist Amy Mariaskin have changed drastically over time.

Just a few years ago, they stressed about stereotypical pre-teen and teenage problems, such as how to fit in.

Today, they fear they will die in a mass shooting.

“I’ve seen a shift from the sources of anxiety,” said Mariaskin, director of the Nashville OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center. “It went from, ‘Does this person like me?’ or ‘Am I going to be successful?’ to ‘What’s going to happen to my country?’ and ‘Am I going to be targeted?’” (Excerpt from an article by David Plazas in the Nashville Teneseean- read more)

 

 

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Navigating life’s highs and lows with teenage girls

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FEBRUARY 9, 2016, 8:42 AM|From power struggles to angst over body image, the teen years are filled with new challenges. Psychologist Lisa Damour, author of new book, “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood,” joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss how to have smarter conversations with your teenage daughter on topics ranging from choosing friends to dealing with sexuality.

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Serious Side Effect of Poor Sleep Quality among Teens Revealed

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The effects of sleep deprivation on teenagers has been widely studied, and new research published in Physiology and Behavior adds to the mountain of evidence that indicates Americans are not taking sleep issues among teenagers seriously enough. Seven out of 10 American teens are sleep deprived. Not getting enough high-quality sleep has been shown to cause poor physical health and lower cognitive functioning.

The newest research shows that not getting enough sleep can also make teenagers more reactive to stress. What if the explosive, dramatic responses to stress from teenagers could be curbed? What if it wasn’t just the age and stage of development that caused teenagers to be so reactive, but rather the unhealthy expectations of trying to perform well with inadequate sleep?

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2714026/serious-side-effect-of-poor-sleep-quality-among-teens-revealed/#ugxR3ITm8jMykDt6.99

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.

Stress Management for Teens in Davis

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Recently I gave a talk on Stress Management for Teens at Davis High School for about a hundred students and parents. I went over sources of stress for teens and how it affects their bodies, moods and behaviors. We looked at different kinds of stress: the routine kind – unavoidable and normal responsibilities; stress from change – moving, family illnesses, breakups with boy or girlfriends, social stress, family stress – like chronic arguing and divorce; and finally, traumatic stress – a death in the family, experiencing or witnessing domestic violence, a major accident, physical or sexual abuse, assault or natural disasters.

Excerpt from David Hafter’s Article in the Davis Vanguard- Read more

Over 300 Facebook Friends can Increase Stress and Depression in Teens

Over 300 Facebook Friends can Increase Stress and Depression in Teens

In the study, researchers enrolled 88 teenagers aged between 12 and 17 and asked them to fill out a few questionnaires about their Facebook use, such as how many friends they now have, how often did they logged in, how did they interact with the platform in terms of self-promotion and what did they do to support their friends online.

Excerpt from Abel Hampton’s article in Bills Insider- Read more

Confronting challenges of teen mental health, stress, suicide

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As in Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon, many parents in the heart of Silicon Valley see their children as all above average, well above average. Those parents’ incomes, educational levels and aspirations for their children are also well above average.

On Monday night, more than 350 people gathered at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton to hear a panel talk about concerns affecting those above-average children: their mental health, the stress they are under, and what can be done to improve the former, relieve the latter, and ultimately, combat teen suicides.

Excerpt from Barbara Woods’ article in The Almanac– Read more