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59% of teens report that managing their time to balance all activities is a somewhat or very significant stressor; 26% report snapping at or being short with classmates or teammates when under stress; 40% say they neglected responsibilities at home because of stress; 21% say they neglected work or school because of stress; 32% say they experience headaches because of stress; 26% report changes in sleeping habits

“Stressors range from school to friends, work and family. And teens aren’t always using healthy methods to cope,” finds the latest Stress in America survey from the Washington, D.C.-based American Psychological Association. Findings on more than 1,000 teens and almost 2,000 adults suggest that unhealthy behaviors associated with stress may start early and continue through adulthood. With 21% of adults reporting “extreme” stress levels, the survey says that with teens “mirroring adults’ high-stress lives” they are “potentially setting themselves up for a future of chronic stress and chronic illness.” The report warns that teens are at risk of a variety of physical and emotional ills and potentially shorter lifespans than their elders if they don’t act to “reverse their current trajectory of chronic illness, poor health and shorter lifespans.”

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