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The Pressure to Be Perfect

By Asia Mape, I Love to Watch You Play, 05/14/19, 12:00PM CDT


Anxiety is a common complaint in teens, but unlike stress, where you know what’s worrying you, anxiety can be hard to define and difficult to pinpoint the origin.


Adolescent depression, suicide, and anxiety are increasing at alarming rates. Recent studies indicate that as many as one in five teens suffers from clinical depression. As parents, we all want to see our kids succeed in school, in sports, and in life. But sometimes well-intentioned parents on top of the intensity of comparing themselves to the unreal expectations and messages they get from social media, have created a pressure cooker for many kids. If they aren’t the star athlete, or don’t have a 4.5 GPA, they begin to feel that they are somehow less than. These unrealistic expectations are creating over-scheduled, depressed, and anxiety riddled young adults.