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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