Deseret News initiative focuses on growing crisis of teen anxiety

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  • Moyofboys Riverton, UT
    May 31, 2018 8:38 p.m.

    My son suffers from Anxiety. He doesn'twant to feel that way. He struggles everyday.

    He doesn't want to be a victim. He wants to be able to have friends and feel "NORMAL" like the other kids do.

    He definitely hasn't chose this and people can judge all they want, but they don't know until they walk in the shoes of child that is suffering.

    Heart wrenching as mother to watch your kid hurt. If I could change places with him I would in a minute, but I can't! We will fight this little evil we call anxiety and when he is finish. He WILL be a survivor! He is an amazing boy that is working hard to learn how to deal with it and I'm proud of him! Nothing lazy or soft about my boy!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 17, 2018 2:11 p.m.

    @Mr. Boris: You realize that the people your ages said the same thing about teens when you were a teen, right? Every generation looks at teens as somehow weaker than they were.
    I'll bet when today's teens are middle aged, they're going to be just like you are.

  • MrLogic Brigham City, UT
    May 17, 2018 8:48 a.m.

    Maybe the kids have anxiety because commentators like these others believe that they have all the answers and loudly dictate them to children they don't know at every opportunity.

  • MabelPines Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 17, 2018 8:00 a.m.

    In this culture where everyone gets a trophy, everyone who tries out automatically makes the squad, everyone is "a winner". Since people naturally want to be special or distinct, the only thing that sets us apart is how we are a loser.

    So now all focus is on our problems, what disorders we have, who is keeping us down. Everyone is a victim. It makes you special!

    The saddest part is that people who truly need help or are victimized are just lost in the noise.

  • Mr. Boris Layton, UT
    May 17, 2018 6:57 a.m.

    Teens have anxiety because all their school counselors and adults in their lives tell them they are supposed to be bothered by everything.

    When I was a kid we didn't have time for anxiety because we were too busy working, studying, and not feeling sorry for ourselves.

    Some kids legitimately suffer from anxiety but a majority have just been raised in a soft society.