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Teens often struggle to balance their own desires with the demands placed upon them by parents and others in positions of authority over them, including teachers, coaches, and employers. They may face internal pressures from the urge to achieve independence and external pressures from their peers. Puberty's hormones can bring confusing emotional and physical changes. Furthermore, in today's fast-paced world, many may find that every minute of the day is filled with constant activity. All this can lead to significant amounts of stress. Some stress is good, and most stress is only temporary; but when stress becomes chronic, it can lead to mental and physical consequences that are unhealthy.

Stress Information for Teens describes the difference between good stress (sometimes called eustress) and the kinds of stress that can lead to symptoms such as impaired concentration, appetite changes, headaches, insomnia, gastrointestinal problems, depression, anger, anxiety, and other physical and mental concerns. The most common causes of stress in teens are described, and facts are provided about a broad variety of techniques that can be used for stress management, including nutrition, exercise, journaling, breathing techniques, and massage therapy. The book concludes with a directory of stress and stress management resources and suggestions for additional reading.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Marilyn Brien
This toolkit for coping with stress discusses the causes of stress, the effects of stress on the body and mind, and managing stress while including specific problems at school and with family or peer relationships. Distinguishing positive and negative effects of stress is helpful. Techniques for managing stress include controlling anger, engaging in mind-body therapies, and building self-esteem. One chapter offers helpful advice on adjusting to change in stepfamilies. The weakest section deals with the stresses of sex. Students with problems of sexual identity will find no assistance in this book. It does not mention GLBTQ issues. Heterosexual students will find a simplistic approach as exemplified by the statement included in a list of sparsely heard facts about sex: "Condoms will lower your chances of getting pregnant or getting an STD such as HIV, but they do not protect you from all STDs." Peer pressure to have sex is discussed, but the connection between normal adolescent sexual urges and hormonal development is ignored. The book lists many Web sites for more information to help students with problems involving stress. This reviewer is somewhat ambivalent about its value in a library for youth. Other options that cover this important topic include Stress Relief: The Ultimate Teen Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2002/VOYA April 2003) and Too Stressed to Think (Free Spirit, 2005/VOYA June 2006). Reviewer: Marilyn Brien
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Understanding what stress is, what causes it, how the body and the mind are impacted by it, and what teens can do are the general categories addressed here. More specific topics include stress as it relates to parents fighting, personal relationships, test anxiety, and sports stressors. Suggestions are offered for places to go for help online and in one's community, as well as music-relaxation ideas and journaling topics. The chapters are brief but informative, and the list of community-help organizations is exhaustive. Report writers will find information quickly and easily, as will those who have personal concerns. The print is clear and the format is readable, making this an accessible resource for struggling readers and researchers.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780810129
  • Publisher: Omnigraphics, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Teen Health Series
  • Pages: 392
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Understanding Stress
Teens And Stress: An Overview     3
Can Stress Actually Be Good For You?     9
How People Experience Stress     13
Differences Between Acute And Chronic Stress     21
Common Causes Of Stress In Teens
Are You Overbooked?     31
Sleep-Deprived Teens Are More Stressed     35
News Reports Can Bring On Stress     39
School Can Cause Stress     43
The Effects Of School Violence     47
Consequences Of Bullying     51
How To Make Homework Less Stressful     59
Test Anxiety     63
Young, Gifted, And Stressed     69
Sports Pressure And Competition     73
Handling Peer Pressure     77
Relationships Can Be Stressful     85
Dealing With Pressure To Have Sex     93
Getting Over A Break-Up     97
Keeping Your Cool Under Prom Pressure     101
When Your Family Has To Move     107
When Your Parents Fight     113
When Your Parent Has A Substance Abuse Problem     117
Family Violence     121
Dealing With Divorce     127
Stepfamilies: Adjusting To Change     133
Living With A Chronic Illness Or Disability     143
Chronic Pain And Psychological Stress Go Hand In Hand     151
Dealing With Grief     155
How Stress Affects Your Body And Mind
Stress And Disease: What's The Connection?     161
Stress And The Immune System     173
Stress And Insomnia     181
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome     185
Fibromyalgia     191
Irritable Bowel Syndrome     199
Stress And Weight Gain: Is There A Link?     207
Stress And Your Skin     211
Stress And Hair Loss     219
Headaches And Facial Tics     223
Does Stress Really Cause Heart Disease?     229
Adolescent Stress And Depression     235
Stress, Depression, And Suicide: Helping A Friend In Trouble     243
Anxiety Disorders     249
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)     261
Stress, Substance Abuse, And Addiction     269
Eating Disorders     277
Self-Harm     287
Managing Stress
Fitting In And Finding Yourself     295
The Importance Of Emotional And Social Support     301
Tips For Dealing With Stress     305
Build Resilience      309
Boost Your Self-Esteem     313
Control Your Anger     317
Proper Nutrition And Exercise Can Help Relieve Stress     321
The Benefits Of Journaling, Stress Logs, And Other Action Plans For Stress Management     325
Owning A Dog Or Cat Can Reduce Stress     331
Using Your Senses To Relieve Stress: Aromatherapy And Music     335
Breathing Techniques For Stress Management     341
Massage Therapy     347
Mind-Body Therapies: Guided Imagery, Meditation, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Yoga, And Spirituality And Religion     351
If You Need More Information
Directory Of Stress And Stress Management Resources     367
Additional Reading About Stress And Stress Management     371
Index     379
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