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Nurses, counselors see prevalence of anxious teens increase

from Education World

A recent study finds that a great amount of students today are anxious due to expectations and social media. School pressure can be one of the stressors affecting teens and more and more school personnel have been tasked to help students cope. Quite often it falls to school nurses to deal with overwhelmed students. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about eight percent of today's U.S. teens suffer from "some type of diagnosed anxiety disorder," said an article in the Atlantic Monthly. Anxiety, the article added, has "been on the rise among children and young adults since at least the 1950s." School counselors and nurses "have cited increased amounts of stress, pressure, social media, and divorce as causes for this surge in anxiety that has not only affected the teens who suffer but school administrators trying to help their students." more

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