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Title: Teen Stress


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Teen Stress
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Example 1
  • Seventeen-year-old Marissa is juggling many
    roles. She has a demanding part-time job, plays
    two varsity sports, is studying for the SATs, and
    is trying to decide where to go to college and
    how to pay for it. She also has a term paper and
    an Internet project due this week, needs to find
    a date and a dress for the prom, is worried that
    she has gained five pounds, and is afraid that
    her best friend is mad at her. While Marissa used
    to feel confident and excited by life's
    challenges, she has recently been feeling
    overwhelmed, out of control and "stressed out."

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Marissa's story is typical of the daily pressures
teens face.
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Example 2
  • Dave, a college student, has been feeling
    extremely tense. In addition to taking a full
    course load at school, he is also working 30
    hours a week at a record store. He often feels
    rushed and irritablehis girlfriend has noticed
    his short fuse. Sometimes he feels unable to meet
    the demands of his daily activities. Even though
    he is exhausted at the end of every day, he has
    trouble falling asleep. His appetite has
    decreased, and sometimes he even feels paranoid.
    He is tired of feeling like he is being pulled in
    several directions at once.

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What is stress?
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  • "Stress" is defined as the way our bodies and
    minds react to life changes. Since adolescence is
    a period of significant change, including
    physical, emotional, social, and academic
    changes, many teens are under more stress than at
    any other time of life.

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Teen Stress
  • According to a survey 85 of teens say they are
    stressed out

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Stress is as common for young individuals as it
is for adults
  • Difference an adolescents body and mind are
    still developing and adolescents typically are
    not as skilled in coping with stress as adults

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Some Common Reasons for Stress
  • The pressure of expectations from self and from
    others
  • The pressure at school from teachers, coaches
  • Career decisions
  • The pressures due to grades and homework
  • Strained relationship with classmates
  • Pressure to fit in with peer groups and measure
    up to others

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Some Common Reasons for Stress
  • Strained relationship with parents/siblings
  • Physical and biological changes in the body
    during adolescence
  • Negative feelings about oneself/low self-esteem
  • Heated arguments with or between parents
  • Pressure to try drugs, alcohol or sex

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More Common Reasons for Stress
  • Financial problems in the family
  • Tragedy in the family (e.g. death, divorce,
    cancer, AIDS)
  • Break up with boyfriend/girlfriend
  • Separation or divorce of parents
  • Pressure to wear certain types of clothing or
    hairstyles

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More causes of Stress overload
  • Being bullied
  • Ongoing problems with school work and learning
    disability
  • Crammed schedules, not having enough time to
    rest and relax and always being on the go

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Stress is
  • A normal physiological response of the body to
    situations or stimulus which are perceived as
    dangerous to the body.

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  • When a person is exposed to dangerous situation
    his body gets ready to face it. It needs more
    energy for that and the extra energy is got
    by-Fight or Flight response

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Fight or Flight response
  • Think about the last time you got a scare. You
    might have almost fallen over, you might have had
    a near miss with a car anything that made you
    jump and experience fear.

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  • 'Fight of flight' doesn't allow you to think too
    much, but motivates you to take action

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What happens to your body?

  • Some common reactions in the body are
  • Your heart beats faster
  • Your muscles tighten
  • You begin to tremble

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  • Mind feels the danger and the body tackles it .
    Actions coordinated by hormones (adrenaline and
    cortisol)
  • Once trigger is gone , hormones return to normal
    level and the body returns to normal

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Are there benefits to stress?
  • When working properly, the bodys stress response
    enhances a persons ability to perform well under
    pressure.

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Good stress
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Bad stress?
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Stress and Health
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  • Physical symptoms such as headache, fatigue

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  • Mental symptom such as poor concentration

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  • Emotional symptoms such as irritability and
    depression

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  • Social symptom isolation and resentment

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Stress and Health
  • It is very important for teens to learn to handle
    stress, as long-term build-up of stress that is
    not handled effectively may lead to problems,
    including physical illness, anxiety or
    depression, which call for professional help.

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What is a sign of stress for you?
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Teenage "Stress Overload" Signs
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Feeling down , on edge , guilty or tired
  • Feeling of being constantly pressured
  • Anger, irritable lashing out at others
  • Feeling resentful of others
  • Not enjoying activities you used to enjoy
  • Feeling you have too many things you have to do

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Teenage "Stress Overload" Signs
  • "shutting down" and withdrawal from people and
    activities
  • increased anger or increased tearfulness and
    feelings of hopelessness
  • chronic feelings of worry and nervousness
  • difficulty sleeping and eating
  • difficulty concentrating

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Signs of stress overload
  • Physical symptoms such as stomach problems ,
    headache or even chest pain
  • Allergic reaction-eczema or asthma
  • Problem sleeping
  • Drinking too much, smoking or doing drugs
  • Sadness or depression

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Biggest cause of Stress- Survey
  • School work (78)
  • Parents (78)
  • Romantic relationships (64)
  • Problems with friends (64)
  • Siblings (64)

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Survey results
  • Girls are affected more than boys
  • Boys tend to respond by ignoring it or getting
    away from it
  • Girls are more likely to ask for help dealing
    with their stress levels, by taking actions to
    reduce or remove stress
  • While teens family can be a source of stress,
    young people turn to family for support

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Teens cope in variety of ways- healthy and
unhealthy ways
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Potential health hazards of teen stress
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Eating disorder
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Depression
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Drug and/or Alcohol abuse
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Hurting yourself or teen suicide
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Discussion What do you do to handle the stress
in your life?
  • (Make a list how each one of you copes with
    stress)

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Positive Way to deal with Stress
  • Most of you respond by doing something relaxing
    and positive
  • By seeking friendship and support from others
    then move ahead with life

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  • Other positive approach activities listening to
    music , watching TV, keeping up friendships
  • Figuring out solutions to problems by drawing
    strength from family and friends

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Coping with Stress?
  • Studies help show how handling stress improves
    health

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Ways to handle too much stress
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Technique to manage Stress
  • Strictly avoid junk foods. Eat healthy food on
    time. Avoid eating on the run
  • Exercise regularly
  • Sleep well ( 8-10hrs/night)

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Technique to manage Stress (contd)
  • If activity schedule too jam packed then modify
    schedule
  • Have at least one person to confide
  • Learn relaxation techniques
  • Volunteer

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Technique to manage Stress (contd)
  • Avoid excess caffeine intake e.g. cola, coffee
    because caffeine increases the feelings of
    anxiety and agitation
  • Do not use illegal drugs, stimulants
  • Do not use Alcohol and tobacco

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Be Realistic
  • Dont try to be perfect- no one is
  • Expecting others to be perfect can add to your
    own stress level too.
  • If you need help on something, like schoolwork
    ask for it

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Over scheduling
  • If feeling stretched, consider cutting out an
    activity or two. Opting for just the ones that
    are most important to you

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Sleep
  • Get a good night sleep keep your body and mind
    in top shape, making you better equipped to deal
    with any negative stressors.

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Role of sleep in stress management
  • Scientists have documented that when we are sleep
    deprived
  • Our immune system suffers- get sick more
    frequently
  • Our thinking and judgment are impaired
  • Our fuse becomes very very short
  • Getting enough sleep 8-10 hrs
  • Having bedtime routine no crime shows, news

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Role of sleep in stress management
  • Clearing your mind- finding ways to put the
    worries and concerns of the day aside
  • Feeling Thankful- thinking back on the events of
    the day for which you are thankful
  • Circumstances and people for whom we should be
    grateful

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Ways to handle too much stress
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What do you find relaxing?
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Learn to Relax
  • Relaxation response it is your bodys opposite
    of stress and creates a sense of well being and
    calm
  • Simple breathing exercises
  • Reading a good book
  • Making time for a hobby or spending time with
    your pet or taking a bath

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Avoid Negative Talk
  • Do not talk negatively about anyone particularly
    about yourself. If you feel that you have an
    intrinsic defect ( physical look or shy or low
    self esteem) and then analyze that defect and
    write down solutions that will solve your
    condition. Always try to maintain positive
    feelings about yourself

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  • What can you do to deal with stress overload or
    better yet to avoid it in the first place?
  • Stress management skills work best when used
    regularly.

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ConclusionTEEN STRESS
  • Teenagers, like adults, may experience stress
    everyday and can benefit from learning stress
    management skills.  Most teens experience more
    stress when they perceive a situation as
    dangerous, difficult, or painful and they do not
    have the resources to cope.  Some sources of
    stress for teens include school, familyetc
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