Why Are Today’s Teens Anxious?

Why Are Today’s Teens Anxious?

Anxiety is a familiar experience for today’s teenagers. The weight of school work and pressure to perform at increasingly higher standards seems unrelenting.

Teens report little relief from anxiety even after major tasks are accomplished, and they report levels of anxiety disproportionate to present stressors.

Worry about a low grade on a test is more than meets the eye.

From your teen’s perspective, one failure might block their change at future success, which usually means earning a spot at a top university and landing a stable job.

To your teen, failure could mean anything less than a perfect performance.

“What if’s” and worries about the future create tunnel vision as teens feel the pressure of perfection closing in.

It can be difficult for teens to connect with the thinking brain to challenge these beliefs, especially when anxiety has hijacked the emotional part of the brain.

In my next video, I’ll explore ways to support your teen in coping with anxiety and finding peace in the present.

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Elise Howell, LPCA
Elise's passion is to collaborate with teen girls and their families in navigating the unpredictable years of adolescence, and supporting women in cultivating healthy relationships with their whole selves. She engages with clients' strengths to help clients process their stories, build skills to move them towards their goals, and reconnect with what’s most important to them in life. When she is not watching classic romantic comedies, Elise enjoys kayaking, hiking, and beach days with her husband. She loves all things Harry Potter and musical theater.


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