Going along those lines, adult and adolescent therapist, Laurel Olvera says, that she would define stress and anxiety as, “the environment that teens are in and how well they can perceive and how they are doing in that environment.” She says that a main problem that teens face is that they have, “a harder time communicating that they need help in whatever they’re doing,” whether this would be school, clinical health problems, or anything else in life. Freshman Ava Brabenec says that she mostly feels stressed when she is overwhelmed by the amount of work that she has to do and sometimes she breaks down and says that “whether that means taking a long break or crying or whatever it is.”This goes along with what Dr. Olvera was saying, “..teens nowadays face way more pressure to isn’t just about a 4.0 GPA, now its a 4.0 GPA plus volunteering, sports, clubs, and AP classes and be better academically than say 10 years ago.”
She goes on to say that now getting into college this constant toil can eventually lead to mental health issues that last longer than the four years at high school. Dr. Olvera as says that most people when they have stress in their teens will usually never Stress is actually a trigger that releases a hormone which causes excessive cortisone to secrete into the memory part of the brain called the hippocampus. According to Dr. Olvera The hippocampus’ main purpose relates directly to memory and how well we can recall information and create thoughts; there are chronic changes that the mind can go through when affected by stress or anxiety: chronic changes mostly occur in the brain areas and cause higher blood pressure, worsened memory, and hard time relaxing.