As psychologist Robert Leahy told Slate, the average teenager has the same level of anxiety as a psychiatric patient in the 1950s.
In other words, school is literally driving us crazy.
I'm a Junior in High School. I have yet to finish all this nonsense with the ACT, to get into college and to figure out what the heck I'm going to do with the rest of my life.
I can safely say that there have been times during this past year where my mental and physical health have come into question due to stress.
The biggest contributing factor to that stress would have to be school.
The problem is that teachers completely disregard the mental, physical and emotional health of their students.
"Here take this material, do all your homework and know everything we discuss in class inside and out. Oh, and do that same thing five more times today."
"You were up until 3 AM last night doing homework? It's not my fault you procrastinate."
"Also, try to maintain a social life. But don't drink. Don't smoke, either. Don't do anything illegal. Because you are just a perfect individual and you're not allowed to mess up occasionally. Oh don't have fun. At all."
"Try to get some sleep, too. Because you should be able to finish all of this by dinner time."
On top of all that, live your teenage years with a reputation among certain adults that all teenagers are the same. After all, 100 percent of us are lying, thieving, greedy, buffoons who just want to steal your money and do something illegal.
Oh, and try to hold down a job while you're at it. Convince your boss that your job is your only priority. Make sure they think you love this job. You have to save money up for college anyway.