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Anxiety in High School   

By: Nathan Ramirez

Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease. Statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health indicates that “25% of high school students” suffer from some form of anxiety. That suggests that  approximately  831 students out of the 3,324 students at Martin Luther King High School (King) suffer from this condition. This condition can cause negative behavioral and emotional consequences, including a student losing essential sleep and going through depression, in some situations. Jordan Yin, 11, describes the cause of anxiety in school as “pressure by teachers” and “weight of the future.” The speed of certain classes can cause confusion and misunderstanding for students which leaves them in a state of unease – thus causing anxiety. The workload from classes can also create stressful situations. Morgan Krueger, 11, explains that a large workload of, “five [or more] hours of homework,” creates the problem of “not enough time for free time.” Free time is essential because after a long period of time working, the mind gets a chance to relax and refresh itself. Of course some of this stress and anxiety can by the fault of the student: if they procrastinate, do not study, or simply do not complete their assignments, this can all lead to stress and anxiety. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America lists eating well-balanced meals, getting enough sleep, and accepting that you cannot control everything as ways to cope with anxiety.

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