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Stress, Stress, and More Stress

Nina Hogan

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Nearly half (49%) of all high school students “reported feeling a great deal of stress on a daily basis and 31% reported feeling somewhat stressed. Females reported significantly higher levels of stress than males (60% to 41%),” according to a 2015 study.

“Children from 8-17 years of age experience worry of doing well in school,” according to an article from the American Psychological Association (APA).

One in three children say they suffer from stress-like symptoms including stomach aches, headaches, or trouble falling asleep and is also connected to weight gain which can be both a “cause and consequence of stress,” according to the APA.

When discussing how she copes with stress, UHS Sophomore Wiliana Dornelus emphasizes the importance of completing every task, “If I don’t complete something, it always has a bad effect. It affects my future, also my mood, my sleep and energy.”

“I take life day by day. Doing my assignments step by step. Doing a little at a time instead of doing it last minute. I don’t take everything personally,” said UHS Sophomore Yamil Montes about how he minimizes stress.

There are four factors that are widely accepted as being among the main causes of stress: money, work, the economy, and family responsibilities.

However, issues such as college, especially college debt, terrorism, police violence against minorities, and retirement are all noteworthy sources of Americans’ stress.

A recent poll by the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy surveyed 1,202 New Jersey-based residents’ about stress and found the following: African-Americans had the highest level of stress, women are stressed out more than men, and “not having enough money to pay bills” or not “having enough time” topped the list of the sources of NJ residents’ stress.

As NJ.com writer Kelly Heyboer argues, “[As] New Jersey is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, residents’ stress levels should be lower than other areas of the country. It appears the cost of living in New Jersey is helping elevate the state’s stress levels.”

Stress and, in connection, mental health is undoubtedly an epidemic, but what now?

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