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Teens and Stress

During the teenage years stress can build up and be overwhelming. It can be a challenging time for them and adults need to understand that teenagers have stress in their lives. A combination of physical and hormonal changes as well as stress can create an emotional response that is often stonger and more intense.


Common sources of day-to-day stress:

  • Family issues or problems with parents 
  • School-related problems or pressures 
  • Feelings of loneliness
  • Peer relationships such as boyfriend-girlfriend breakups or being bullied

Other kinds of stress might be:

  • taking on too many activities
  • having too high expectations
  • family money problems 
  • unsafe living environment/neighbourhood
  • death of a loved one
  • moving to a new community
  • changing schools 

For more information about how to help a teenager deal with stress see: Are You Stressed Yet? (PDF 794KB).


Contact Us

To contact the Child and Youth Program Team at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, please call 519-663-5317 ext. 9010.


Kids Help Phone

If you're a teen or kid and need help call Kids Help Phone:

  • 1-800-668-6868
Stressed teenager


Date of creation: February 22, 2013
Last modified on: March 27, 2018




1Freeman, John, et al. 2011. The Health of Canada's Young People: a mental health focus. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada. Retrieved from