By Dr. Brian McDonough

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Do you remember the teenage years? You may have blocked it out of your mind, but it’s a time of growth and the insecurity and certainly the transition phase between a child and an adult can be great.

Studies are suggesting that today’s teens are having a greater struggle than previous generations because of the increased exposure to adult issues and pressures through mass media and the Internet.

The exposure to 24-hour news and television images from all over the world and the immediacy of the coverage is also a big stressor. The fact that remote areas seem right next door, can increase the stress level dramatically.

There is good news. Psychologists say the best way to deal with this is through communication. Tell your teens not to overstress and keep things in perspective. But remember, this will take many conversations – in fact, ongoing talks – that need to be a source of trust and support for your teen.