The Hazards of Wealth
In a surprising switch, teens in wealthy areas are sometimes more distressed than other youth. They show disturbingly high rates of substance use, depression, anxiety, eating disorders. High achievement expectations and competitive academics can lead to stress. It gives a whole new meaning to having it all.
These are young people from communities dominated by white-collar, well-educated parents. They attend schools distinguished by rich academic curricula, high standardized test scores, and diverse extracurricular opportunities. And yet they may show serious levels of maladjustment as teens, displaying problems that tend to get worse as they approach college.