It starts with headaches, grinding teeth at night, holding our breath. The signs continue with perhaps skipping meals, working out with unrelenting fervor, emotional outbursts, insomnia, having a drink or two plus a few pills to calm the nerves. Unchecked, the inability to maintain balance may lead to addictions, failed relationships, chronic health crises, squelching symptoms with drugs, derailed careers, and financial strain.
Sadly, children are swept up into this cycle at younger ages where social, academic, athletic, and family demands weigh heavily on self-esteem. The statistics on suicide, cutting, sleep and mood disturbances, eating disorders, drug addiction, impulsivity, and other destructive behaviors prove the price of privilege. Do we sit back and watch, or do we take initiative now?