is now the second leading cause of death among children 10 to 14,
ACADEMICS & ATHLETICS
Teens today are under significantly higher pressure to perform academically and in extra-curricular settings. School and other activities such as sports can be a huge source of stress and lead to mental health problems.
Approximately one in three teens meet the criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5) by the time they reach age eighteen.
Research indicates there is a strong link between heavy social media use and teen mental health problems.
CHILDREN ARE STRUGGLING BECAUSE
PARENTS ARE STRUGGLING.
Our society is struggling because our culture does not meet basic human needs.
Rather than meeting needs, our culture places demands on children that are devastating instead of developmentally appropriate. The tradition of a performance-driven, standardized education system is part of the problem.
We’ve pathologized childhood in all the ways we diagnose chronic conditions instead of giving parents and children the support they need to heal and grow.
Judging childhood as a season of measuring up is increasing anxiety, learning disabilities, relationship ruptures, and mental health issues at alarming rates.
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