Who are more stressed out teenagers or adults

Typical stress symptoms in children and adolescents

Many children simply feel uncomfortable, nervous or anxious under stress. Others withdraw, sit around bored and listless, suffer from loss of appetite, sleep and general listlessness as well as headaches, stomach pains or nausea. School life can be very stressful and stressful, especially at the moment, because homeschooling and wearing a mask make children feel stressed.

Common signs of uncomfortable stress are: irritability, restlessness and aggressiveness. Such stress reactions occur in around 20 percent of children.

As a short-term reaction to current events, such as a hard class test, this is completely normal. It only becomes problematic when the symptoms last longer.

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Worries and fears of children and adolescents

They worry, have anxiety or lose self-confidence - almost every fifth child between the ages of seven and 13 suffers from emotional problems. In young people between 14 and 17 it is a little less, but still over 15 percent. This is shown by the results of the KIGG child and youth health survey carried out by the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. Around 14,400 children and adolescents and their parents across Germany took part in this health study.

"I can not do this"

According to this study, around 20 percent of adolescents between the ages of eleven and 17 do not dare to do enough and are pessimistic about life. Just as many feel that their families do not support them sufficiently. As a result, these young people lack precisely the protective factor that would help them face the challenges of their old age in a more relaxed manner.

Stress hurts

Many children and adolescents complain of repeated psychosomatic complaints. Developmental psychologist Professor Dr. Arnold Lohaus interviewed about 2000 students. One in five young people said they had had headaches several times in the past week. Loss of concentration, insomnia and restlessness are also widespread among adolescents. More than 40 percent of young people felt exhausted several times a week, ten percent complained of loneliness. For many, anger and anger are an almost daily companion.

Vicious circles

The various stress reactions rarely occur alone. Strong emotional reactions can lead to mental blocks, which further increase the experience of stress. Some children become aggressive and react destructively. They stand out in the group because they are constantly disturbing. Others, in turn, withdraw into themselves. They tell little and seem impotent. Both reactions can affect social relationships in the long term.

If, on the other hand, children and young people can cope well with stress, phases of greater stress are more of a challenge and can even release energies.