Skip to comments.US teens more stressed than adults
Posted on 02/11/2014 4:11:25 PM PST by workerbee
Many of the teenagers surveyed said they were suffering from irritability or angriness (40 percent), nervousness or anxiety (36 percent) or depression and sadness (33 percent) because of their stress. Sturgill told USA Today she sometimes skips meals because of high levels of stress.
Our study this year gives us a window in looking at how early these patterns might begin," clinical psychologist Norman Anderson, the APAs CEO told USA Today. "The patterns of stress we see in adults seem to be occurring as early as the adolescent years stress-related behaviors such as lack of sleep, lack of exercise, poor eating habits in response to stress."
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Get a job and support a family, kid.
Participate in Atom Bomb drills every Friday and wait for them to drop The Big One, kid.
Live under jimmy carter (oh, wait, that one you match with obozo — it is a push).
Kids got noting to be stressed about, except stupid parents.
Not that I'm advocating war as a means to cure these stress complaints -- but it seems that having time on one's hands tends to lead to these problems. A society that becomes more and more indentured to government entitlements will become sicker, and sicker... As Paul wrote, 'He that does not work should not eat'...
“Same thing in England prior to the outbreak of WWII — then ‘poof’, pretty much gone.”
Global warming, trans fats, all the liberal bullarky will vanish with the first real threat; war, a big flue epidemic, a financial collapse...
But seriesly, growing up has never been easy. Every teenager thinks he or she has it worse than ever before in history ... but then you get through it, and you get on with the rest of your life.
they have to go out and exercise, give texting a break.
If I was going to have to live in the country Barry and the ‘RATS are leaving them, I’d be stressed and angry too!
LOL! My mother asked her doctor about a prescription for anti-anxiety meds, and her doctor said, “Why, don’t you drink?”
Stupid parents are a major source; try having a parent who is abusive (been there), or codependent (been there), or one who simply has their head up their arse (been there). Throw in being drugged and told you’re future-less, except for a life on disability (been there), it’s a mix for a seriously disturbed individual (I’m there, proud to say!).
As for jobs, they’re disappearing.
My late father started working at 3 and went out as a hired man at 12 so as to send money back to his family so they wouldn’t starve to death. There were times when all they had to eat was a potato. Not a potato a piece, a potato for all eight of them to share. His school lunch, when he was able to go to school, was a piece of corn bread with a little lard on it. What in the hell are these kids complaining about?
“Don’t sweat the small stuff!”
Then trying to even find a job in this terrible economy (even STEM workers are competing with "guest-workers" now), and establishing yourself with the cost of living through the roof. Statistically, young people today are much less likely to own a home or become financially sound than their parents. Its mighty difficult to get yourself off the ground when the economy and the country are going to hell.
A-bomb then, drone strike by your own government/terror-attack now. Different package, same sh**.
Don't kid yourself, young people have plenty to be stressed about -- its arguably one of the most stressful periods of life. Problem is, so many of today's youth are morally bankrupt and lacking in faith (and thus by extension psychologically weak), used to creature comforts, and lacking in perspective, compared to previous generations that stress doesn't roll off them the way it did for past youth. And of course, the majority of them slavishly support policies that make their lives difficult, but that's another story...
Don't let the first-glance veneer of smartassed commentary/humor fool ya.
FReepers' breadth of experience and depth of empathy has been mighty impressive over the years.
ok... what is causing this “stress”?
>>Trying to get high enough grades and SAT scores to get into college (because they’ve been told they MUST get into college), then studying to keep good grades in college. Its no doubt stressful when you don’t have a bigger frame of reference (and most kids don’t), especially with the impression that your success later in life relies heavily on doing well academically now.<<
The same was true 30 years ago.
>>Then trying to even find a job in this terrible economy (even STEM workers are competing with “guest-workers” now), and establishing yourself with the cost of living through the roof. Statistically, young people today are much less likely to own a home or become financially sound than their parents. Its mighty difficult to get yourself off the ground when the economy and the country are going to hell.<<
The same was true 30 years ago (ever hear of “Stagflation?”)
>>A-bomb then, drone strike by your own government/terror-attack now. Different package, same sh**.<<
Yeah, kids today really think they will be targets of a drone strike by the NSA. Since that has happened.. never.
>>Don’t kid yourself, young people have plenty to be stressed about — its arguably one of the most stressful periods of life. <<
The same was true 30 years ago. We just didn’t whine about it.
>>Problem is, so many of today’s youth are morally bankrupt and lacking in faith (and thus by extension psychologically weak), used to creature comforts, and lacking in perspective, compared to previous generations that stress doesn’t roll off them the way it did for past youth. And of course, the majority of them slavishly support policies that make their lives difficult, but that’s another story...<<
The only reason kids are stressed is because they are told they are. They are no worse off and in many/most ways are better off than every preceding generation.
They are whiners, that is all. And they are encouraged and enabled to be so. They need a good kick in the ass and a slap in the face.
Admittedly, I did not go to the link, but I am wondering if the researcher has studied the influence of a lack of active participation in church/temple.
One part you left off is that so many of them are very emotionally confused because they sleep around.
most of them?
some of them are confused because they are told by society they are supposed to sleep around!
All these symptoms are the results from suppressing fears. Now, what could young Americans have to be fearful of when they contemplate the future? Make a list.
Not getting the latest smart phone or game box.
Get with the program!
My area just had it’s third high school suicide this school year.
Dreadful——and I don’t get it.
Overall, the total lack of charm, the total lack of class that is so prevalent today must have a detrimental effect on people, especially those with no other perspective. Everything is so vulgar and cheap today. Back in the good old days things moved slower, society as a whole was just a bit more delicate, people in general appreciated family and togetherness and public decency more than they do today. Today's youth view life as a rat-race to nowhere, and they want to get as much sex and cheap thrills as possible before they are euthanized. What a brave new world we have here...Ugh.
I would bet those numbers correspond to those families that are liberal/progressive non-religious and democrat.
I don't know. I don't think it's all just narcissistic self-absorption as so many are quick to blame. The "college pressure" is real -- and it begins, ridiculously, in 5th and 6th grade -- but still, realistically that's only for a particular segment/demographic. Someone mentioned suppressed fears; I agree, and that can encompass so many things. Has any generation had so little social stability as this one? What I mean is -- financially, war-wise, etc. things have been much worse, but the family and the broader culture as a whole was generally more stable/cohesive. Now....?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but what I hear you saying is that the larger society offered “something”, even if only an ideal, that an individual could aspire to, no matter how bad their own particular situation was....?
Maybe it’s because in Elementary School, they are afraid to do anything to hurt the Kids’ self-esteem, so they never learn how to handle failure.
I think I’d rather see a shrink than go through the Spanish Civil War. A nasty piece of work, and true harbinger for the things to come.
Unfortunately, one suicide in a school tends to trigger others. A boy on my street when I was in high school killed himself - carbon monoxide, car running in the garage. His father had died from a heart attack a couple of years earlier. It was “spun” as an accident.
There’s drug use, there are kids in awful home environments ... that’s always been around. I think one thing that is more novel is kids in multiple sexual relationships. In the 80s, that was more unusual. Promiscuity correlates with depression, and depression with suicide.
So many Americans are cynical and faithless.
I’ll also qualify my statement by saying that an ideal for people to aspire must be wholesome and worthwhile. When you are proud of your country, when you believe that your country offers the opportunity to honor God freely and do His work and spread His word as you live your life, it gives you something to go on. I’m absolutely certain that people whose ideal is a free-sex, gay-sex, godless society feel emptier than the grand canyon when they lay down at night. Which explains why liberals are so hateful.
They THINK they are more stressed. If they are whining now, wait until they get into the real world.
Coming here is a huge release!
I adore you guys!
most of them?
I did not use that phrase; I said “so many”.
What a brave new world we have here..
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