5102: Anxiety Awareness: Empowering Students with Help and Hope
I am a high school business teacher. I just finished my first year of teaching.
The Epidemic of Anxiety Among Today's Students
Author: Mary Ellen Flannery
Date: 3/28/2018 & updated in 2019
This article states that todays teens and young adults are the most anxious they've ever been.
"70% of teens say anxiety and depression is a
among their peers, and an
additional 26% say it's a minor problem." I want to question this quote as this is coming from the
opinions of teens about their peers.
Who is to say that those being asks know what they're
talking about? Obviously, there are stats that prove this point, but there is also an element of
hype to remember.
What I mean is that some students may now be saying that they are
depressed or anxious in everyday conversation or passing because it may be the "trendy" thing
Now, I am just a first-year teacher so I don't have much experience, but I will say I was
shocked at how many students were not coming to school because their parents said it was a
win if they could get out of bed, or eat, or socialize.
One of the many reasons that causes anxiety is smartphones and social media. The other being
standardized state testing. State testing has caused an unnecessary amount of pressure on the
students and caused an unnecessary fear. The article also talks about how the time they spend
online is directly related to suicide risks.
The last part of the article is a quote from who I assume is a teacher. "Despite the fact that I go
to high school every day, I often say, 'I would not want to go back to high school'. People don't
understand how hard it is to be a kid today." That is how I too feel about being in a school all the
The way that things have changed is not the change that I would want for myself.
Anxiety in College: What we know and how to Cope
Author: Nicole J. LeBlanc
It makes sense that the anxious high school student moves on to college and continues the same
However, it seems as though we associate college students with adults, and they
should be able to 'handle' their issues by then.
That logically makes no sense if they have not
had the proper tools or coping mechanisms to overcome their anxiety.
It is not something that
simply goes away with time.
It needs addressed and worked on everyday for most people.
It is said that the first year of college is the most stressful.
This is the biggest year of change for a
young adult and without a good support system or the appropriate mental tools, students are