Each parent has to be aware of the warning signs of teen stress; they also need to know how to react and how to help their stressed teenagers. But in order to help them you have to recognize the warning signs.
Every teenager has to deal with stress, this is normal. They have stress in school, from their school and homework, from their peers, extra activities, family issues, relationship issues. Other pressure types can cause a teen to feel over stressed and that can eventually lead to mental health issues such as anxiety disorder.
Here are the basic warning signs of teen stress you should watch out for:
- Losing interest in things previously dedicated to
- Having trouble eating or sleeping
- Avoiding family and friends and going into solitude
- Uninterested in anything at all
- Complains about life in general or specific things that may be the cause of stress
- Low performance in school and low attendance
- Fears not being worthy and has low self esteem
- Overreacts to simple things
- Is worried about physical appearance too much
- Irrational fears
- Constant headaches
- Withdrawing from social situations
- Unable to concentrate and fails to make his or her own decisions
- Reoccurring nightmares
- Substance abuse, drugs, alcohol
- Starts eating too much or stops eating
- Shows signs of obsessive behavior
- Engages in criminal activity
These are all the warning signs of teen stress taken to a new level, the level where you should be worried and do something about it in order to help your stressed teen. If more of these signs show you should be worried and you should definitely seek professional help, as all of these warning signs can lead to more serious problems if not addressed in time.
Even if your teen is still not showing any of the above mentioned signs if something of the following has happened you should be on the lookout:
- If your teen child has gone or witness a traumatic event such as death in the family, or a loved one, a car accident or any other traumatic experience.
- If your teen is overscheduled or being teased by his peers.
- Showing physical symptoms mentioned above, like headaches
- If they appear to be emotionally unbalanced
Stress overload can cause plenty of serious problems for both adults and teens, but if noticed in time this issue can be dealt with without much trouble in most cases. But in other cases this can be a very difficult process, the best course of action is to seek professional help. Understanding the problem and the cause of stress is the first step in dealing with stress overload, so be sure to watch your teen child at all times.