The Secret Life Of Teens: Anxious, Over-Scheduled, And Getting Sick
By Julie Nelson, KARE11 TV Minneapolis
"The primary thing I'm seeing is a struggle with anxiety ... and that is a result of being overscheduled, overburdened and just striving, striving striving."
If you have a teenager in your life, you likely know this is true, anxiety in young people is on the rise. A recent study, published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics found a 20 percent increase in anxiety diagnoses in kids ages 6 to 17 between the years 2007 and 2012, and the research suggests those numbers are rising.
So what is happening? Why are our teens feeling overwhelmed to the point it is making them sick?
We talked with three women who have worked with teenagers for decades to get their expert opinion. Heather Flies is the junior high pastor at Wooddale Church. Teens have been confiding in her for 26 years.
Jody Schreiber is a licensed therapist in Eden Prairie who's counseled teens and families for 20 years.
Michelle Livingston has been a staff member at Treehouse, a nonprofit that serves at-risk teens, for nine years.
“The primary thing I'm seeing is a struggle with anxiety,” Schreiber said, “and that is a result of being overscheduled, overburdened and just striving, striving, striving.”
Most of this striving is toward one goal: getting into a “good” college.
To stand out on a college application teens believe they have to be…
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