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What are common reactions to stress in high school students?

Any of the following can be normal reactions when your child is exposed to stress:

  • Withdrawn
  • Avoids interaction with family, friends
  • Continual depression, despair
  • Antisocial behavior (e.g., shoplifting, fighting)
  • Reduction in cognitive focus
  • Sleeping excessively, nightmares
  • Physical responses (e.g., skin irritations, gastrointestinal upset, headache)

You should consider professional help if you see:

  • Any reactions to stress that are prolonged or severe
  • Profound depression
  • Refusal or inability to take care of basic needs: eating, drinking, bathing
  • Abuse of drugs, alcohol
  • Indecision
  • Obsessive behavior/thoughts
  • Hallucinations
  • Talk of suicide, harming others

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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