From the Editor
“The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise.”
This quotation is from a long, moving essay about a young patient with a big problem. The piece begins with Jake in his junior year of high school with much on his plate: three Advanced Placement courses, a spot on the cross-country team, invitations to Model U.N. conferences – and significant anxiety.
The essay explores his anxiety, and the anxiety of teens like Jake.
The essay, which recently ran in The New York Times Magazine, traces the struggles of Jake, and the writer puts these problems in a larger context.
Teen anxiety: A growing problem?
In this Reading, we review this essay.