Four years ago, the band Twenty-One Pilots released a hit song focusing on the pressures of adulthood and a yearning to return back to the relatively easy years of childhood. Title *Stressed Out*, the song went to number one on the mainstream music charts. But judging from what we’re hearing from researchers, parents, youth workers, educators, and kids themselves, stress and anxiety is increasingly common among our children and teens. What is anxiety? How is it manifesting itself in the lives of our kids? What are its causes? And how does the Gospel speak to this new epidemic of anxiety among our kids? We’ll be discussing strategies for navigating the epidemic of youth anxiety on this episode of *Youth Culture Matters*.
Resources, links, or other helpful tools mentioned in the podcast:
Stressed Out – Teens and Anxiety handout
Stressed Out: Pushing Back on the Epidemic of Teen Anxiety (CPYU Seminar by Walt Mueller)
Various Lists of Phobias (here, here, here or here)
Christian Counseling and Education Foundation
CCEF Anxiety Conference Audio Set
Depression & Anxiety: How Can Churches Help? – CCEF Video
So Much Fear and Anxiety by Ed Welch
American College Health Association
Higher Education Research Institute Freshman Survey
Other CPYU resources, links, radio shows, etc. related to Anxiety
Books Mentioned or Recommended:
iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood* and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean Twenge
The Christian and Anxiety by Hans Urs von Balthasar
Questions, comments, feedback, suggestions for future episodes? E-mail us!