Are you ready to dive back into school and all the homework, papers, projects, quizzes, and tests that come along with it? Are you already tired of the same old daily routine, even though it’s only the beginning of the year? Here are six common psychological problems seen in teens. Let’s see how stressed out you are!
Are you tired every day during class? Having a hard time focusing on work? Are you always upset or unhappy for no reason? You may be suffering from Post Holiday Syndrome. It is very common at the beginning of a new school year. One main reason is that you are just coming off of a nice long vacation and not yet adjusted to the new school year. Don’t worry about it. It will pass over very quickly once you adjust to the daily routine and everything will go back to normal again.
Problem #2: Procrastination
If you leave all of your work to the last minute, you’re under the influence of procrastination. If so, you’d better try to turn it around as soon as possible. Procrastinating will easily lower your grades and energy level. Start working right now. Try to get a planner, lay out a schedule for your homework, and follow it.
Problem #3: Sadness
Upcoming assignments, tasks, and tests give plenty of pressure to high school students. Most of the time, high pressure will bring undesirable emotions, such as agitation, anger and frustration.
“Right now I don’t feel like doing anything” says Dazia Hall ('13). “I feel tired and like I’ve been at school long enough.” This high stress can sometimes make students very upset and sad. Prolonged sadness has negative effects on our physical and psychological health. To prevent this problem, we should always keep a good and positive mood, no matter what challenges we are facing. Try taking a walk, listening to your favorite music, or reading a fun magazine.
Problem #4: Anxiety
“I feel a lot pressure since I became a junior. There is so much going on. There are lots of projects, APs, and more. I don’t know what to do because there is a lot pressure,” said Haram Yoon ('14). The mild anxiety disorder is very common, especially when people have important tests, speeches, or piles of other tasks needing to be achieved. Typically when one has anxiety, you will feel nervous, sweaty, and dizzy. Don’t be afraid. Try to find a way to calm the nerves. Remember, keep a good mood.
Problem #5: Brain Infarction (aka: Brain Fart)
All aboard the struggle bus... have you ever opened a website and forgotten what you are looking for? Have you ever walked towards your room, but forgotten what you want to do? That is mild amnesia, also known as the “brain fart.” If you are not getting good sleep, you could face this problem often. Budget your time wisely and make sure to get a good rest.
Problem #6: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
If you always worry about one thing and check it several times, you may have the symptoms of OCD. It could be that you always worry about whether you locked the door or not. Maybe you always have the same song ringing in your mind or keep washing your hands.
“I worried if the gas stove at home had been turned off already, so I went home to check it more than several times.” says Mia-Irene Gyau ('16). Even though this mild disorder is very common, be careful because it can be distracting.
Too much stress will cause a lot of problems, so out of class, you have to find your own way to release those stressors. How many psychological problems do you have right now? Take the time to remember that you’re great and that nothing is worth too much stress!