Resources for Teenagers

Low Mood and Depression

Low mood and depression are very common in both girls and boys in your teenage years. There are lots of possible reasons for this, but they may include:

  • Hormonal changes or chemical imbalances
  • Having to manage the change between childhood and adulthood, which involves learning lots of different independence skills, and can feel overwhelming Lots of life pressure, such as exam preparation, or the need to find a job.
  • Thinking deeply about ‘who you are’, the kind of person you want to be, and experimenting with different friendship groups, can be confusing and difficult.

Read more in our Low mood and depression fact sheet

Exam Stress

Getting ‘stressed’ or anxious when you are faced with exams, is very common. Leading up to an exam, your body gets pumped with a substance called adrenalin, which can actually help you focus. But too much stress is not healthy and has a negative impact on your body and mind. Some signs that you may be under too much stress include:

  • Feeling constantly tired
  • Aches and pains in your body
  • Feeling overwhelmed by your work, and unable to focus on what you have to do
  • ‘Panicky’ feelings (such as a racing heart, feeling like you can’t breathe)
  • Feeling jittery or irritable, sad, or angry

Read more in our Exam stress fact sheet

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