Causes of Teen Stress

Posted on January 17, 2014

SOME OF THE DIFFERENT AREAS THAT CAN CAUSE TEEN STRESS:

The Changes of Adolescence — Developing faster or slower than most of one’s friends can cause tensions because the teenage years are a time when being like others and liked by others is so important. As the teen transitions and hormone changes take place, teens can be stressed by feeling out of control and losing a sense of self.

Family Issues — Tensions between parents, separation or divorce, parental infidelity, alcoholism or drug abuse in the family, poverty, or parents who are not involved with their children’s lives may all cause stress for teens. If a child is being verbally or physically abused or is a victim on incest, stress will be only one facet of a much larger set of issues. Another family issue that causes teen stress is parents living vicariously through their children. When children have to not only fulfill their own dreams but have all their family’s hopes resting on their shoulders, this can weigh heavily on them.

School — Students who have difficulty in school, whether or not they have a learning disability can have a lot of stress. Students who strive to goals beyond school that depend on excellent grades may also feel pressured.

Social Issues — Ins and outs of friendship and dating often cause stress for teens. Hoping for acceptance, and even love, and trying to balance one’s own developing personality with other teen’s perceptions and acceptance is challenging. Teens worry not only about their problems, but about their friends’ problems, and this can cause stress. If a teen is bullied, whether in person or via cyber bullying, this is likely to rouse both stress and distress. Having an argument with someone can also cause stress.

College Applications — A critical process, and one for which many teens feel unprepared. The long waiting period for replies causes stress for both teens and their parents. The whole future is before the teen graduating high school as well as the task of persuading a college to help the teen get there.

Transition — Transitions of adolescence can cause stress. From making the transition to high school, to learning to drive, to holding down one’s first job, in many cases, the load of responsibilities that fall on a teen’s shoulders when they turn 18, even the normal, expected transitions, of adolescence, can cause teen stress.

Sorrow — Loss of a loved person or a pet can lead to both grief and stress.

Responsibility — Caring for others when one is still growing up oneself can cause stress. This can result from caring for younger siblings, a disabled or substance abusing parent, or a failing grandparent. 

Written by:  Rebecca Pavilk-Heger, LMHC, LCAC

Rebecca Pavlik-Heger is a Mental Health Counselor in Indianapolis specializing in Teen Issues and Career Counseling.

 

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