School is around the corner and many teens are feeling the Sunday Scaries. There is so much pressure put on teenagers today to get into the right college with the right degree in order to obtain the right job. This unhealthy expectation creates high levels of anxiety and depression in our youth, starting as early as 6th grade. Trust me, I’ve seen it. Teens compete with each other for top grades, parents don’t tell other parents where their child is applying to college, siblings hope to carry out family legacies and parents pay tutors by the thousands to help their senior write the perfect college essay. Here are a few ideas of what parents can do this school year to alleviate some of this stress in their own homes.
Justine is a licensed mental health counselor with a private practice in White Plains, NY. She helps teenagers, young adults and families struggling with anxiety, depression, family conflict and relationship issues. Justine is also the host of the podcast Thoughts From the Couch.