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At a Glance: Signs of Stress in Your High-Schooler

By Peg Rosen

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Teens with learning and attention issues may find the stresses of high school so difficult that they can’t function, or they became angry about it. Here are signs of stress to look for in teens.

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At a Glance: Signs of Stress in Your High-Schooler

Teens with learning and attention issues may face more stress than most high school students. Extreme stress can lead to depression and anxiety, which are treatable. Here’s what it might look like if your teen is stressed.

Red flag: Your daughter has stomach cramps and diarrhea. You take her to the doctor and he can’t find anything wrong.
The issue: Stress affects the body. An overstressed teen might complain about sleepiness, insomnia, headaches or stomach pains. High stress could even weaken her immune system, leading to more colds.

Red flag: Your son changes the TV channel. Your daughter hits him and storms out of the room, yelling about how much she hates the entire family.
The issue: Aggression and over-the-top reactions are signs of stress. Her anger about feeling “stupid” or “like a loser” can be directed at you or others close to her.


Red flag: She says she’s doing “OK” in math and that there hasn’t been much in the way of homework. Her progress report arrives and she’s getting an F.
The issue: A teen may feel so stressed that she gives up trying. She may lie to avoid dealing with it.

Red flag: She’s finishing off pints of ice cream and bags of chips and cookies. You notice she’s putting on weight.
The issue: Your teen may binge to soothe herself. Or she may start avoiding food and losing weight to feel some sort of “control” in her life.
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Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen has written for numerous digital and print outlets, including ParentCenter, WebMD, Parents, Good Housekeeping, More, Fitness and Martha Stewart.

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Reviewed by Jenn Osen-Foss, M.A.T. Apr 16, 2014 Apr 16, 2014

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