Teen stress levels higher than healthy

Teen stress levels can be as higher or even higher than adults, according to the latest "Stress in America" survey by the American Psychological Association.

While the pressures of an adult to support him or herself might seem hard to top, the results of the 2013 survey show that teens report levels of stress similar to or even surpassing that of adults, especially during the school year.

The outlook for stress management in the future can also look bleak at times.

"Thirty-one percent of teens say that their stress level has increased in the past year," the APA survey reports. "And 34 percent believe their stress levels will increase in the coming year."

Niles High School Counselor Joan Langmeyer said social stressors might be to blame.

"The most common I would say right now are relationships with friends," Langmeyer said. "Relationships are complicated right now. Friendships are complicated. Sometimes their loyal sometimes they're not. That is a complicated aspect for teenagers to really get through a lot of times."

Niles High School College and Career Counselor Josie Dejong said that the exhaustive college application process can also be to blame.

'They're aware of the competition but sometimes I think it's a little later in the process," Dejong said. "So maybe they should be aware of it in January of junior year but it's October of senior year and they realize that's a lot higher of a score than they would have expected that they need to have. It can be a big shocker."

According to the survey, 83 percent of American teens report that school is a "somewhat or significant source of stress," and 10 percent of teens report receiving lower grades than they are capable of because of stress.

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