More Likely Than Ever Before

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Not so much an article as a response to an article. My history teacher used to give us articles of the week that we would have to respond to. This article was definitely my favorite as it brought up the very real increse of anxiety in teens. If i find the article I will post a link in the comments
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Submitted: July 23, 2014

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More Likely Than Ever Before

In the article, “More and more Students are suffering from Anxiety, written in the San Jose Mercury News, the general argument made is that anxiety is being seen in more students than ever before. More specifically, it is argued that students in this modern day are more likely to be stressed. The author argues that teenagers have learned to be able to “put up a front” and hide their true feelings and just pretend like everything is okay. But, eventually everything is just going to shatter. (“Many students quietly bear the pressure for years before snapping”)  Students are also beginning to develop other mental illnesses such as depression and social phobia. The author states that increase in the feeling of having to be the best could be a factor of the rise in mental illnesses. In conclusion, the author of this passage states that students today have been shown to be more likely to develop mental illnesses due to the increase in stress.

In my view, I strongly believe that the argument made in this article is completely true. Students today are definitely more stressed out due to things like high expectations from parents, friends, social media, school, etc. Teenagers are definitely under a lot more pressure than they were 20-30 years ago. For example, they are more likely to enroll in classes that are advanced-placement because they know that colleges will like a student who was in a higher class. Students don’t realize that they are doing things for other people instead of doing things because of what is best for them. They don’t take the time to stop and ask themselves “is it all worth it? Is it worth it to be miserable and stressed just to get into the BEST college? Is it worth it to work THAT hard to get those certain groups to like you? Do you honestly think that it’s worth it?” Teenagers don’t stay focused on what’s best for them. They are expected to be the best, and they let the thought of having to be the best stop them from doing what they want. I believe that mental illnesses, like social phobias are more likely today because of the increase in bullying. In 1990, only 14% of students (who were teenagers) admitted to being bullied, but in late 2013 that number increased to 30%. Due to the fact that the internet is so heavily involved in teenagers’ lives these days, bullying doesn’t just take place at schools now. The social phobias can develop because of the feeling that the bullies are always there, and also the feeling that people are always judging you just because of what one person could have said.  I strongly believe that every teen should have the opportunity to be able to speak to a trusted adult, such as a counselor to be able to discuss feelings of stress and anxiety. Teenagers need to be able to know that they are not alone and that having a mental illness, such as anxiety, is nothing to be ashamed of. Also, reading that parents refused help for their child because they don’t want anything to show up on their record honestly angered me, because I don’t think that anyone should EVER be ashamed due to a mental illness. To conclude, after reading this article it added a more specific enrichment on my knowledge about anxiety and depression in teens today.

 


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