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7 Things You Need to Know About Your Teen’s Hidden Anxiety

  • Janet Chismar Contributor
7 Things You Need to Know About Your Teen’s Hidden Anxiety

From college entrance exams and cheerleading tryouts to choosing whether to drink or have sex, your teen faces an onslaught of stress-inducing challenges. In addition, today’s adolescents have to deal with new pressures: Your daughter may be the target of cyberbullying. Your son may fear getting shot in the classroom.

And all that stress is taking a toll.

Data from the National Institute of Mental Health shows that 30 percent of girls and 20 percent of boys—totaling 6.3 million teens—have experienced an anxiety disorder. A recent article in The New York Times Magazine notes that 62 percent of undergraduates reported “overwhelming” anxiety in 2016.

Here are 7 things you need to know.

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