By: Karen R. Thompson, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC, EAC Clinical Specialist – Children and teens experience stress just like adults do. With increasing demands related to academic performance and extra-curricular activities, kids can become overly stressed as they try to manage their busy schedules. Some common stressors for kids of all ages include:
- Conflict with friends, relationship issues, bullying etc.
- A move or changing schools
- Parental conflict, separation, or divorce
- Financial problems
- A death in the family
- Going through bodily changes associated with puberty
How do you know if your child or teen is stressed? Pay attention and be aware of some common signs of stress in children and teens. If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to open a dialogue with your child about these issues.
- Physical Symptoms – including headaches, upset stomach, aches and pains, and/or exhaustion
- Sleep Issues – including problems falling asleep, sleeping too much, and/or nightmares
- Academic Performance Issues – trouble concentrating, grades declining, or problems with attendance
- Changes in their Socialization – withdrawing from family and/or friends
- Negative Self-Talk
- Changes in Appetite or Eating Patterns
- Moodiness or Anger Problems
If you are concerned that your child may be experiencing stress, counseling can help. Contact EAC at 1-800-277-0905 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask to speak with one of our professional counselors to receive guidance on what steps to take for helping your child cope more effectively with the stress in their lives.