People belonging to different age groups deal with different circumstances of life. This is for obvious because each person is living a different phase of life. But one thing still remains the same, stress. Stress is a strain that comes in different doses; where a little dose of stress can do wonders, heavy stress can lead to dangerous disorders.
The reason of stress do vary in different age group but everyone is certainly dealing with it. There can be many reasons causing stress. Starting from common ones, these can be money concerns, emotional breakdown, marriage problems, existential crisis, physical abuse and harm of any kind.
In discussion with psychologists, today, we bring you some of the specific reasons of stress that are there in different age groups.
1. Children/Teenagers - Starting with children, reasons of stress can appear very simple to us but are actually causing problems to little kids and their brain. Most of the time, children undergo stresses because of academics, poor marks, and not meeting their parents' expectations. In teenagers, the situation is even worse. "A lot of teenagers are prone to panicking and stress because of peer pressure, body image issues, relationship issues, and identity formation", says Ms. Aayushi Khaneja, Counseling Psychologist.
Ms. Varsha Gupta, Clinical Psychologist says, "For teenagers these days, one major stressor is FOMO -Fear of Missing Out. Also, they often misinterpret their normal stress with an 'anxiety attack' which is a severe problem in itself. An anxiety attack is a sudden rush of fear that seems to be uncontrollable for the patient. Thus, everyone should know how a normal and common reason of stress is different from an anxiety."
2. Adults - We further classify adults into two:
(a) College Going - Young adults or college-going students experience an all new phase of life. From getting a higher education to planning their first job. Will all the excitement, these adults instantly become victim of stress. Their excitement soon turns into stress for getting admission in the best university, when bullying or ragging becomes part of your college-life, heart-break in a romantic relationship or disappointment in career.
(b) Working Class - For working-class people, their reasons of every day's stress is different. Loss in business, time-management issues, work load and duration, low-salary, partiality and discrimination, lack of recognition or appreciation from seniors.
3. Senior Citizens - We often do realize the reasons of stress among adults but we tend to forget them when it comes to old-age people. Stress is a common problem with senior citizens as well for number of reasons. These reasons can be change of lifestyle and financial status after retirement, looking after grandchildren, being lonely after the death of spouse, death of other relatives or even close friends, deterioration of physical abilities, worries for not being able to live independently or being send to old age homes.
Thus, it is important to recognize every individual's causes of stress and help him/her as far as you can or help them seek professional help.