This world can be a hard place many days. As adults, we know this to be true. Constant media headlines and our own personal battles can remind us of the struggles and darkness we’re up against. But sometimes, we may not be fully aware of how these things can affect our young people too.
According to a recent article from the Washington Post based on a study from the National Survey of Children’s Heath, anxiety, not depression, is the leading mental health issue among American youths today. And both clinicians and research suggest it’s rising. The latest study published revealed that based on data collected for children ages 6 to 17, researchers found a 20 percent increase in diagnoses of anxiety in just a 5-year period of time, while the rate of depression increased only .2 percent.
Many of us could give our own perspective on reasons for the rise in teen anxiety. It’s possibly affected our own lives and had a major impact on our children. If we’re parents to teens or pre-teens, or work with young people consistently, we probably have had to come to terms with the significant difficulties and challenges that increased anxiety can bring in a young life – if not in our own family, then likely someone close to us. It’s that prevalent.
Here are just a few of the top reasons frequently contributing to teen anxiety:
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