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Stress in youth & teens

Stressed youthStress is a part of life, you can't avoid it. Throughout life, good and bad things happen. If you know some ways of managing stress well, you're more likely to stay on track and not get fooled into ways of coping that don't really help and can actually pull you down.

Remember, your teenage years are a time of huge change for you. Your mind and body are changing and developing all the time. It's normal to feel overwhelmed at times.

If you're struggling to cope with stuff and you don't feel you have anyone to talk to, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor (remember they have to keep your visit private and can't tell other people what you talk about). If that feels a bit full-on to start with, you could try one of these free phone counselling lines.

Some websites offering good advice include:

  HealthInfo recommends the following pages

General stress

Exam stress

Information for parents and caregivers

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2020.

See also:

Reading in Mind book scheme

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