Stress Essay

466 WordsSep 12, 20122 Pages
Teens and Stress Today’s teenagers attend school, have jobs, make time for homework, participate in extracurricular activities, and deal with unexpected obstacles that life contains, all in the course of a 24 hour day. Teens must also set aside time to have a social life and for the 8 hours of sleep needed to help prepare them for the next hectic day. With no time for themselves, teens can easily become overstressed. Stress is not just Teen Stress Teen Stress Sweat glistens on the boy s forehead. His eyes locked in complete concentration. His fingers felt stiff his body tenses, his heart races. The pressure ... a mental problem, but also a physical response to an undesirable situation. According to a high school psychology textbook, stress is “a particular pattern of disturbing psychological and physiological reactions that occur when an environmental event threatens important motives and taxes one’s ability to cope,” (Pikes Peak). Physically, the body reacts the same to stress whether it is positive or negative. Neurotransmitters send and receive messages between brain cells. There are two kinds of messages: “happy” Teenage Depression Teenage depression is a growing problem in today's society and is often a major contributing factor for a multitude of adolescent problems. The statistics about teenage runaways, alcoholism, ... and “sad”. Sad signals eventually cause the happy signals to fail. This causes a chemical imbalance called overstress (Pikes Peak). The first happy messenger to malfunction under stress is Serotonin, which causes one of the first signs of stress: inability to sleep. Noradrenalin sets teenagers’ bodies’ energy levels and causes them to feel energized. When this happy messenger fails, people begin to feel that they no long have enough energy to do much of anything. Teenage Depression Teenage depression is a growing problem in today's

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