Unwanted stress may lead to even more serious problems.
Julie Chlopan is a high school senior who's currently enrolled in four-advanced placement courses; she says the pressure to excel academically has taken a toll on her.
"I think that society pressures students these days to work their hardest and not only to be an all A's student and take some of the hardest classes that their school has to offer but also to be involved in the extracurricular activities, to be in sports and at the same time have a social life,” Chlopan explains.
A recent survey shows 44-percent of teens feel the most pressure to get good grades, while 32-percent are concerned about getting into college and 29-percent are stressed because they want to fit in socially.
Jeff Herring, who works with teenagers, says stress can be eliminated if a little structure is added to their lives.
"One of the things I help them to do is to try to break it down into manageable pieces, not trying to do everything at once, take things one at a time. Let's deal with this now, and then this next, and then this next,” Herring says.
In addition to time management, Herring suggest extracurricular activities which can help alleviate stress.
Teens who are feeling severe stress should contact their school's counselor for additional guidance.
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Source: www.nlm.nih.gov (National Library of Medicine, and National Institute of Health Web site) contributed to this report.