Being a high school student isn't easy. There's pressure to get the grade, pile on the extracurriculars, and sleep enough to function. It's rare young people can do all three.
This hour, we talk with child psychologists and counselors about adolescent stress and anxiety.
Are you a high school student with too much on your plate? Do you feel pressure from your parents, teachers, or peers to take on more and more just to get into the “right college"?
If you are a parent or educator, do you believe students are taking on too much? What do you think can be done to create a healthier school-life balance?
- Dr. Mary Alvord - Psychologist and Clinical Fellow with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America; her nonprofit is Resilience Across Borders (@drmalvord)
- Dr. Maria LaRusso - Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at UConn
- Todd Dyer - Director of School Counseling at Avon High School and member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut School Counselors Association (CSCA)
- Cheryl Greenberg - Chair of the West Hartford, Connecticut Board of Education
The New York Times: Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? - “Over the last decade, anxiety has overtaken depression as the most common reason college students seek counseling services. In its annual survey of students, the American College Health Association found a significant increase -- to 62 percent in 2016 from 50 percent in 2011 -- of undergraduates reporting “overwhelming anxiety” in the previous year.”
Inside Higher Ed: Anxiety on the Rise - "Since 2009, when anxiety overtook depression as the No. 1 concern among college students, the number of students experiencing anxiety has steadily increased."
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.