Stress Information for Teens, 3rd Ed.

Teen Health Series

Stress Information for Teens, 3rd Ed.

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Most people go through times when they feel stressed out, but puberty’s hormones can induce some especially confusing emotional and physical challenges in adolescents. The stresses teens feel can be good or bad. Some stress in response to internal or external pressures and expectations helps teens to perform well and motivates them to do their best. On the other hand, unrealistic or overwhelming pressure stops being helpful, and it can have a negative impact on teens’ health, mood, productivity, relationships, and behavior. Furthermore, stress left unchecked may result in emotional and physical consequences that can last a lifetime

Stress Information For Teens, Third Edition helps readers understand what stress is, recognize the different types of stressors, and realize how stress affects the adolescent mind, body, and behavior. Common causes of teen stress are discussed, and diseases and disorders having possible stress components (including asthma, back pain, chronic fatigue, peptic ulcers, eczema, hair loss, and eating disorders) are explained.  Facts about successful practices, therapies, and techniques for handling anger, improving body image and self-esteem, and relieving stress (such as exercise, relaxation techniques, massage therapy, meditation, yoga, art therapies, pet interaction, and journaling) are also included. The book concludes with a directory of stress and stress management resources and suggestions for additional reading.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part One: Understanding Stress examines stress and explains the distinctions between acute stress (short-term) and chronic stress (long-term). It explores stress in adolescents and discusses how suitable reactions to potentially stressful situations can actually help build resilience and self-esteem.

Part Two: Common Causes Of Stress In Teens includes information about the most frequent sources of stress among adolescents, including school, test anxiety, peer pressure, relationship and friendship issues, dating concerns, overbooked schedules, and sports competition. It also discusses stressors related to family life experiences (such as financial difficulty, violence, substance abuse, and divorce), current events, and social phobias. In addition, the causes and consequences of bullying—in person and online (cyberbullying)—are addressed.

Part Three: Effects Of Stress On The Body, Mind, And Behavior describes the various ways childhood stress can impact the entire lifespan. It discusses how stress affects the immune system, the potential link between stress and cancer, and how stress can change the brain—both physically and psychologically. Stress-related mental and behavioral disorders are addressed, including eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, self-injury, depression, and suicide. The special concerns associated with stresses related to loss and grief are also discussed.

Part Four: Diseases And Disorders With A Possible Stress Component explores how some illness and other health issues might be stress related. Chapters with information on medical conditions linked to stress triggers, such as asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lupus, peptic ulcers, chronic heartburn, ulcerative colitis, and bowel syndromes, are included. Also, physical manifestations of chronic stress, including back pain, eczema, and hair loss, are discussed.

Part Five: Stress Management provides information on stress management and stress reduction techniques, including exercise, yoga, tai chi, meditation, and relaxation. It discusses how laughter, spirituality, journaling, pets, and art therapies can be used to help relieve stress and how talking to parents, therapists, and other adults has the potential to offer additional health benefits. In addition, the importance of self-esteem and anger management is addressed.

Part Six: If You Need More Information includes suggestions for additional reading and a directory of organizations able to provide further materials about adolescent stress.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 ¼ x 9 ¼
  • 400 pages per volume
  • Includes online access
  • Authoritative content from respected health organizations; non-technical language and writing style is accessible to young people
  • Chapter headings and subheadings break up descriptive text and provide easy navigation
  • Standardized callout boxes highlight important information, define terms, or summarize a chapter’s contents
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations provide visual aids for technical information and supplement explanations
  • Directory of resources with contact information guide further research and identify sources of information and support
  • Comprehensive index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts