You might think your teenage child has no stress issues because they do not have to worry about paying bills. Think again! Teenagers can get stressed due to bullying, peer pressure and academics. The fact that they have absolutely no idea how to handle this makes it even worse and because many of them already think they are adults; they might find it difficult to share their problems with you.

Here are some signs your child is going through intense stress:

  1. Change in Sleeping Habits: You need to be very vigilant as a parent and watch your child’s sleeping habit. A child who finds it difficult to fall asleep might be going through stress, just as one who sleeps way more than usual.
  2. Headaches/Stomachaches: Sometimes stress might manifest in physical pain. Your teenage child might complain more about headaches and stomachaches than they do about academic stress in school. Pay attention.
  3. Academic decline: This is a vicious circle. While academic problems can lead to stress, stress can also lead to more academic problems so what we get is a teen that is getting more stressed and falling behind in school. Once your child’s academics start declining, consider making changes.
  4. Social Changes: Do you have a teen who continuously lacks interest in social gatherings? Who spends almost all the time in the room? This could be as a result of stress, and it is time to ask questions.
  5. Irritability: Increased irritation by your child and constant moodiness could be a sign. Watch how your teen child gets moody over little inconveniences. He might not be as disrespectful as you think, he might just be stressed.
  6. Frequent Illness: Constant minor illnesses like cold and cough are signs your teen is stressed. When illness becomes constant without any underlining problem, it is time to ditch drugs and get some other kind of help.
  7. Lack of Concentration: When you notice your teenager is finding it increasingly difficult to keep his or her concentration in class or at home, then there is a deeper problem than we imagine.
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Most teenagers will not walk up to you and tell you how they feel. As a parent, it is your duty to notice these signs and start a conversation before the situation gets out of hand. And if it does get out of hand, it is time to seek professional help.

 

Samuel Ejedegba