What happens when a teen becomes overloaded by stress? Is it more than just a bad day at school?
"Stress can be compared with the pressure that a sculptor places on a piece of marble: the right pressure and it becomes a masterpiece, but too much pressure and the marble breaks into pieces," said researchers at the National Science Foundation .
About half of the 600 teens surveyed for a 2013 HealthFocus International study said they were "extremely or very concerned" with stress. A lot of them said they were "stressed about their stress."
What you can do to help
Addressing the problem is the first step -- and it needs to happen immediately, reads reports from John Hopkins University.
Have daily conversations with your children, even if you feel like you're pulling information out of them. Simple engagements can open the door to a better and healthier relationship. The American Psychology Association recommends listening and interpreting. If your child says "nothing is fun" that should be an indicator that the child isn't enjoying typical activities and you should ask yourself 'why?'
Learn how to manage stress, for you and your child. Learning breathing patterns has proven to help deal with stress so try taking some deep breaths and reassuring yourself that you can handle it. Doctors and experts say that learning to focus on dealing with what is realistic, or "what you can control," will help you feel like a weight has been lifted. Dealing with smaller issues will lead to a feeling of accomplishment.