Today's teens face more adult-like stresses than their parents did, and at a time when adults are much less available to help them. With many parents working outside the home, teens are more on their own than ever.
Stress is a normal part of your life. If you know how to deal with it, it can actually help your creativity, productivity, and healthy relationships with others. If you let it get out of hand, it can become a problem.
There are a variety of stresses that you may be facing. Your bodies are changing and you are developing more maturity. Peers may be pressuring you to be like the group. Parents may be pushing you to achieve or make up for something they lack. All of these may cause stress in your life.
Signals of Stress
If you are feeling the impact of stress in your life, talk with your parents, family members, your school counselor or someone else you trust. See for more information on counseling.
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