Produced by Loan Nay, 16
It seems that the more time that passes by, the more stressed out high school students get. The competition for college admissions and scholarships get more intense, thus creating higher levels of extreme stress in most students. The pressure on teenagers to succeed and do better than everyone else is rather harmful. When you have millions of teenagers all competing each other to be the best, it does create motivation and leads to some good things, but in the long run it’s detrimental to their mental and physical health.
Short term stress causes anxiety. Anxiety is pretty manageable. How about long term stress? According to the Atlantic, long term stress means there are more stress hormones, which can degrade the immune system, cause heart problems, and lead to chronic anxiety and depression. This is terrible for growing teenagers who have not fully developed yet. Since completing getting rid of stress is clearly not an option, the only thing teens can do is look for ways to cope. USA Today mentions some ways teens cope with stress is by playing video games, surfing the internet, exercising or walking, watching TV or movies, and playing sports.