Stress has become a part of our life today. Everyone, irrespective of age or situation, is affected by stress. It is a proven fact that signs of stress seen in kids and teens are terrifying than adult people.
It is because that the adult people can handle stress symptoms themselves to some extent whereas kids and teens cannot.
Often, some physical and emotional symptoms of stress in teenagers can transform into some serious mental problem that gets stuck in their lives and ends up in suicide.
Signs of stress in children and teens:
It is not easy to trace the stress behavioral issues in children, but one needs a keen observation power to trace them because each kid reacts different depending on the situation.
The best way to identify is by keeping a close track of their "before and after" behavior. The following are the three most common signs of stress:
1. Negative Behaviours
Teenage is the age of negative behaviour, and not all adverse reaction can be labeled as stress. Too much of crying, eating, sleeping, nagging, and unusual behavior towards school and friends - are some of the teenage stress symptoms that should look out for as a parent.
2. 'Feeling sick' excuses
If your child often tends to skip school or other social gatherings by giving the excuse of being sick, it might be another clue for having too much stress.
Kid’s behavior changes towards others when they are under stress. Be cautious, if they are aggressive or indifferent than usual. Also, carefully inspect how they are interacting with other people.
EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS OF STRESS
- Fear and anxiety.
- Reluctant towards social gatherings.
- Excessive whining.
- Nail biting and foot tapping.
PHYSICAL SIGNS OF STRESS
- A headache, and backache.
- Nausea, and vomiting.
- Fatigue and catching a cold often.
- Change in appetite.
- Shaky hands.
WHAT TO EXPECT BY STAGES AND AGES
Kids of this age cannot communicate about their stress in words. It mostly goes unnoticed. Identify the stressors such as abandonment and staying away from parents or home.
School goer kid
It is quite easy to track the sign of stress in kids who are going to school. If you notice anything unusual in your kid, look out the stressors such as tests, grades, peer pressure, public speaking, and bullying.
Preteen and teen
In case of preteens and teens, the stressors do not change much from the school goer kids; instead, it adds a few to the list. Overthinking, moving or changing schools or places, financial problems, gossips or teasing, academic and social pressures, letting parents down, world news such as hear talk of natural disasters, war, and terrorism can be some extra stressors.
Stress is the opening stage of any mental trouble. Be cautious and take necessary steps if you are noticing any of the above signs of stress and stressors among your kids and teens and if necessary, seek help from medical experts too.
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