Whereas it is natural for people to feel anxious or depressed at certain times as a reaction to the daily stresses of life, teenagers sometimes experience these emotions without being able to gauge their levels or how to move on. Although a degree of stress or sadness is normal, it becomes a problem when it begins to overwhelm all other emotions and aspects of life.
Both Anxiety and Depression are clinical terms that indicate the existence of these feelings beyond their average scope and without a trigger. Often, those diagnosed with Depression are also diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder, and vice versa. In teens, eating disorders, cutting, sleep disorders, internet overuse, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts are all strong indicators of the existence of Anxiety or Depression and should be taken very seriously. If an ISB student seems to be experiencing the symptoms listed here or below, we encourage contact with the counseling office and can also refer families to outside resources if necessary.
Recognizing the symptoms:
Relationship between stress, anxiety and depression and resources to help
Cutting and Self Injury
How computer use is linked to depression
Exercise can help