Stressed Like Never Before

5 comments | July 21st, 2011

(submitted by OOC via teenvogue.com)

Stress sucks and it seems to be on the rise.  And according to a recent article in teenvogue and a new study: The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010…Super-stressed  is just status-quo for today's teens…Among the more than 200,000 incoming college freshmen who participated in the study, emotion health is at its lowest point in over 20 years."


Teens, like many of us, are being driven to achieve and succeed (to say nothing of get into college) from before they stop pooping in their diapers.  What do you thinnk happens when stressed out teens become adults…does all the stress disappear magically, or are we creating a nation of the highly stressed and emotionally unhealthy?  Teen or not, what about you and stress?  Is your emotional health at a high or low?  Tell us what's stressing you (and/or your kids) out…you'll feel better if you get it off your chest.


  • Tethered

    Posted on July 21, 2011

    I’m not so sure about where my emotional health is, but my stress is right up at an all time high, and at 37, I’m no teen.

    I don’t want to sound like a techno-phobe, but I really think part of why these numbers are rising is because we live in an always connected and on age. If we’re always connected and on, that means we’re never unconnected and off. If we’re never unconnected and off, that means we never have time to recharge.

    When we start planning vacations the only thing I want to know is if they get cell reception. if they do, I don’t want to go there. I need no signal to allow me to disconnect. I can’t imagine how awful it must be to take all this and then add all the normal angst and stress of being young. That would send me screaming into the hills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on July 21, 2011

    We’re stressed out and freaking out because we go from home to school without enough sleep, spend all day in school, then are programmed to do hours of extra-curricular things so we can get into college,and then we try and fit in sports, and friends and dating, and then we have hours of homework, and there’s no time to do anything before we fall asleep and then wake up and do it all again. I don’t think I’m supposed to be this tired at my age, and it doesn’t look like it gets much better if my parents are any indication at there age.

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