Anxiety Caused by Daily Events, Causing Serious Issues

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Anxiety has serious effects

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Anxiety has serious effects

With today’s hectic schedules and immense pressure for teens, anxiety is common.

Being a teenager is a difficult time for most, and stress from school, major changes at home, and difficulty with social relationships, along with bodily changes, are no help and only increase the potential for anxiety. Many at this age deal with figuring out who they are, and the mental changes they are experiencing dilute their ability to make cogent decisions, often causing an individual to become overwhelmed, further contributing to the natural mood swings created by puberty. Most teens have trouble with social relationships at this age as well, more independence is common and is generally wanted but there is also fear and a feeling of isolation that can come with it. An individual also may not know how to act with others going through a similar process, which leads to submission of peer pressure and the participation of poor activities. Besides these common factors, it is not rare for a major change to occur in a family like divorce, a loss of a job, creating tension with money, or situations more extreme only to add on top of everything else (Calm Clinic).

Anxiety has serious effects on students, sudden outbursts, irritability, inability to stay calm, fast heart beat and feelings of sickness are only some of the symptoms which are forced to be suppressed in the classroom environment (NAMI). With these symptoms, students can have a decrease in grades (Understood). Students may have trouble focusing and paying attention in class and at home studying because they feel overwhelmed and are unsure of where they should even start. Some will get lost in the material and some may just give up. Others may get too nervous to process the material correctly, or even if they do, become so nervous during the assessment or class that it is not applied well. The anxiety can also make a student miserable in school and not enjoy a class or unit they were once interested in. Although this may not seem to affect things academically, being interested in a subject may play a vital role in the effort applied. Anxiety also causes dread, and poor bodily reactions which can lead to absences and a falling behind in material. The symptoms can continue but it is clear that they interact with each other and create a cycle which only builds.

With staying up late studying and exhaustion of the stressed out students, it is no wonder coffee is a frequent part of their lives. Caffeine is always said to be a substance meant to be used occasionally, especially since teens are affected by the symptoms easier than adults. It can result in headaches, jitteriness and a hard time concentrating on the contrary to its energy boost some value as vital. It is also studied that the caffeine can mess up sleeping schedules when used to stay up and get work done, leaving the person tired the next day, doing the opposite of its purpose (Magnus Health). With all the downsides caffeine appears to have, one might ask if having a cup of coffee to gain some energy is worth it, when a better sleeping pattern could be forced instead.   

Anxiety causes serious problems for individuals, and for students can negatively impact academics. With all of the research being done on this topic, it is surprising there are not popular methods to help the vast expanse of people, seeing as the problem does not seem to be diminishing. The seriousness of anxiety is real and it is important to get at least a small amount of help whether it be seeing a therapist or stress relievers.