Busy schedules may lead teens to self-harm

By Staff Writer

In today’s fast-paced society, people often jump straight from one activity to the next with little time for relaxation. This trend has even spread to teenagers and adolescents, who are often involved in sports, theater productions and other extracurricular projects.

While teens may enjoy these activities, they may also cause stress, which can lead to destructive behaviors, such as self-harm. These problems can become difficult for adolescents to stop without the help of addiction treatment centers.

A growing number of health professionals are warning of the dangers that are involved in filling up a teen’s schedule with activities without allowing them time to relax with their friends and family.

A psychiatrist based out of the Southeast recently told news station KTAR that the brains of teenagers are often not developed enough to handle the stress associated with constant activities, and that this is often the root of their self-harm behavior.

If these behaviors are not addressed in treatment centers, they may lead to more serious consequences, like attempted suicide, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.